Pittsburg, Antioch leaders to testify in Washington

Pittsburg Councilwoman Nancy Parent and Gary Darling, general Manager of Delta Diablo Sanitation District in Antioch, will testify in Washington, D.C., Thursday at a congressional hearing before a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The pair will lobby for passage of a bill by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, that will would provide a federal partner for seven Bay Area water recycling projects including one in Pittsburg and Antioch.

Parent and Darling will be joined by Larry Wilson, a director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Miller introduced the bill in March and was joined by other Bay Area lawmakers, including reps. Anna Eshoo, D- Atherton, Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, Tom Lantos, D- San Mateo, Mike Honda, D- San Jose, Zoe Lofgrenm, D- San Jose, and Pete Stark D-Fremont.

In addition to Pittsburg, according to Miller’s office, the bill would help Antioch, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Pacifica, South Santa Clara County, Redwood City, and San Jose.

The bill is H.R. 1526, “The Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Authorization Act of 2007.” The hearing begins at 10 am. EST on Thursday in the Longworth House office building.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen