Last month, the AGUA Coalition and CWC hosted federal officials from the US EPA’s Office of Water to share their experiences and expertise as the federal agency develops its National Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water.
The end of September meant both the end of the 2016 water year and a deadline for signing new legislation. In the past few weeks California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bevy of new bills into law, many of them addressing drought or water issues in the state
As a result of AB 401 (Dodd), which CWC supported last year, the State Water Board is now required to develop a plan for a Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program. The Board is beginning its plan scoping by holding a series of public meetings to seek recommendations. The first meeting to shape California’s future water affordability program will be in Fresno on Friday, October 14th, at 6pm. There will also be meetings in Redding, Inglewood, Oakland, and Bakersfield. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these meetings if you have an unaffordable water rate or work with communities that have unaffordable water rates.
We’re thrilled to share that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law six important bills that advance environmental and water justice. We commend the legislators that authored each of these bills, our Governor for supporting them, and all of our allies in Sacramento and in the Valley for working so hard to make water justice a reality in California. Here’s a recap on the impact each bill will have:
Felicia Marcus and Tam Doduc from the California State Water Board wrote a letter congratulating Co-Directors Laurel and Susana for their awesome work over the past 10 years on water justice!
CWC Co-founder and Co-Executive Director, awarded 2013 Gary Bellow Public Service Award
CWC's Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director awarded "Top Activist" in 2012