The following legislative priorities for the new legislative session supports the District’s mission and incorporates its overall water supply reliability and water quality objectives.
TVMWD’s Top State Priorities for 2022
- Pursue equitable amendments to the Brown Act that will allow public agencies to participate more seamlessly in teleconference-based meeting while adhering to traditional meeting standards.
- Support administrative/legislative actions and funding for demand management activities and new local supply projects to conserve existing supplies and prepare for a dry future.
- Support funding to defray the costs of planning, financing, constructing, and rehabilitating all types of water infrastructure projects, including, but not limited to, water recycling, storage, treatment, repairs to existing water delivery structures and environmental restoration projects.
- Support actions to initiate, expedite and secure funding for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Regional Recycled Water Program and related projects.
- Support administrative/legislative actions to ensure the reliability of imported water supplies including, but not limited to, ensuring progress on the Delta Conveyance Project and funding for Colorado River system water conservation projects, salinity control measures, and cleanup of contaminated sites.
- Support administrative/legislative actions and funding to facilitate and expedite EcoRestore and non- mitigation habitat restoration projects that benefit water supply and/or endangered and threatened species.
- Support administrative/legislative actions to secure and disburse funding to help public water systems defray the costs associated with COVID-19 (e.g., loss of revenue, deferred infrastructure maintenance, personal protective equipment, workplace health and safety improvements, and on-site testing) and for direct financial relief to low-income households facing substantial utility bill arrearages post COVID-19.
- Support administrative/legislative actions and funding for research and partnerships on water science, including snowpack and streamflow monitoring, runoff, drinking water quality, salinity control, source water protection, soil moisture monitoring, healthy soils, and watershed research.
- Support administrative/legislative actions to secure funding to help public water systems defray the costs of monitoring and/or remediation of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances and ensure drinking water and wastewater facilities are not liable for the cleanup of contamination.
- Support tax exemptions and/or credits for water conservation or efficiency incentives for measures including, but not limited to, turf removal, local stormwater capture (e.g., rain barrels, cisterns), and other measures to reduce consumption of water or enhance the absorption and infiltration capacity of the landscape.
AB 2449 (Rubio, B) - Enhancing Public Access Through Teleconferencing
As part of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued a series of Executive Orders to expand public access to meetings of local agencies by suspending some of the restrictions on teleconferencing. The effect was the expanded use of teleconferencing for meetings of a legislative body, resulting in enhanced meeting access and increased participation by the public.
Recently enacted AB 361 allows for the teleconference provisions detailed in the Executive Orders to continue during a period of emergency declaration. However, once an emergency declaration has ended, local agencies will again be required to comply with antiquated provisions of existing law, making it potentially more difficult to hold meetings of the legislative body by teleconference. While current law does allow for “teleconference locations” under normal circumstances, it requires various actions be taken at the teleconference locations and fails to recognize in the modern digital age that a teleconference location is wherever there is a person with a computer, a tablet, or even a mobile phone.
AB 2449 will eliminate the previously existing concept of teleconference locations and will revise notice requirements to allow for greater public participation in teleconference meetings of local agencies. The bill does not require teleconferencing, rather, it modernizes existing law to ensure greater public participation in meetings of the legislative bodies of local agencies who choose to utilize teleconferencing.
AB 2449 would require that a quorum of the governing body be physically present at a clearly identified meeting location for all public meetings. The bill also expresses legislative intent to improve and enhance public access to local agency meetings, consistent with the digital age, by allowing broader access through the teleconferencing options relevant to AB 361, on a consistent, ongoing basis outside of a declared emergency.
California Water Fix - Southern California Water Supplies in Perspective
Why a California Water “Fix?”
Five Benefits for Three Valleys
The Pomona, Walnut and eastern San Gabriel valleys are blessed with groundwater resources thanks to local rainfall in the nearby mountains. Yet within all the local groundwater basins is imported water from Northern California. The reliability of this supply for the Three Valleys area and all of Southern California is at risk due to pumping restrictions,deteriorating environmental conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and an aging water system that was not designed to meet today’s challenges. State and federal agencies want to modernize this system through a project known as the California WaterFix that has both water delivery and ecosystem benefits. Here are five potential benefi ts from the project for more than 500,000 Three Valleys residents:
Protecting Ground Water Basins
On any given day, about 25 percent of the water coming from the groundwater basins within our service area is imported from Northern California for basin replenishment.
Sustaining Our Communities
Two customers of Three Valleys solely rely on Northern California as an imported water supply: Claremont and the City of La Verne. The remaining customers rely on a combination of imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River.
The water stored to meet drought and emergency needs for the Three Valleys service area is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River. This groundwater meets half of the area’s annual needs.
Capturing Big Storms
A modernized system could once again capture enough water to refi ll reservoirs and groundwater storage along the water conveyance path between Northern California and Three Valleys, in a reliable, dependable manner.
Protecting the local groundwater basin means preventing a buildup of salts in the supply. Northern California water is low in salts and safe for replenishing the local goundwater basins in and around the Three Valleys service area.
How California WaterFix is Part of Southland’s “All of the Above” Water Strategy
There is no single solution to Southern California's many water challenges. Climate change, population growth and various regulatory challenges will require actions on every front to ensure a reliable water future. Maintaining – not increasing – imported supplies is part of the Southland’s long-term water strategy. Here is how California WaterFix fi ts into the broader plan.