Water justice advocates and environmental, health, rural, and equity organizations were encouraged that language in the Governor’s budget referenced safe and affordable water. However, advocates urged the Governor to prioritize developing a sustainable funding source this year to ensure all Californians have safe and affordable drinking water.
See some of our accomplishments over the past year!
The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by CWC's Asha Kreiling on the need for a drinking water standard for 1,2,3,-TCP this morning! The story describes CWC's campaign to educate residents of impacted communities, such as Arvin, about the health risks 1,2,3-TCP, where it came from, and why we should all be advocating for the State Water Board to adopt a health-protective limit of 5 parts per trillion. Check out the story online and sign up to receive updates on upcoming opportunities to take action!
Last May, Governor Brown passed Executive Order B-37-16 which focuses on water conservation and drought resiliency throughout the state. One component of the executive order called on counties to work with the state to develop "improved drought planning" for those areas not covered by Urban Water Management Plans (i.e. small and rural communities).
It's been almost a year since CWC kicked off our campaign to protect drinking water from cancer-causing drinking water contaminant 1,2,3-TCP, and we've come a long way. But, we still have work to do. What may be the most critical point in this process is still to come. Once the State Water Board staff has drafted the regulations, they must solicit input from the public. The formal public comment period is set to take place in December - January, with the public hearing before the State Water Board members in January.
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