The following state and federal 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 2021
- Pursue legislation that will allow the legislative body of a local agency to use teleconferencing for the benefit of the public and local agency, beyond the current executive order timeframe.
- Support administrative/legislative measures 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, subsidence repairs, and environmental restoration projects.
- Support actions to ensure progress on Delta conveyance and California EcoRestore.
- Support administrative/legislative actions and funding to facilitate other non-mitigation habitat restoration projects that benefit endangered and threatened species.
- Support administrative/legislative actions to secure 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).
- Support administrative/legislative actions and funding for research on water science, including snowpack and streamflow monitoring, drinking water quality, salinity control, source water protection, 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.
- Support tax exemptions 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 703 (Rubio, B) - Enhancing Public Access Through Teleconferencing
As part of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-29-20 in March 2020 to expand public access to meetings of local agencies by suspending some of the restrictions on teleconferencing. Allowing local agencies to utilize teleconferencing for meetings of the legislative body has enhanced public access and increased participation by the public.
With the expiration of Executive Order N-29-20, local agencies will again be required to comply with antiquated provisions of existing law which make it much more difficult to hold meetings of the legislative body by teleconference. Current law refers to “teleconference locations” and requires various actions to be taken at “teleconference locations” by local governments wishing to teleconference meetings. Current law does not recognize that a teleconference location is now wherever there is a person with a computer, a tablet, or a mobile phone!
AB 703 will eliminate the previously existing concept of “teleconference locations”; will revise existing law to ensure minimum standards for public participation; and will revise notice requirements to allow for greater public participation in teleconference meetings of local agencies. The bill does not require teleconferencing, but modernizes existing law to ensure greater public participation in meetings of the legislative bodies of local agencies which choose to utilize teleconferencing.
AB 703 also expresses legislative intent to improve and enhance public access to local agency meetings, consistent with the digital age, by allowing broader access through teleconferencing options consistent with the Governors Executive Order N-29-20, permitting expanded use of teleconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.