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Bass and Steinberg vow to tackle water policy logjam

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm in California Assembly, California Senate, Environment.

In a joint statement issued this afternoon, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento vowed to begin seriously addressing California’s water woes, particularly the Delta crisis:

Here is the statement:

Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) made the following joint statement today regarding legislative progress on legislation to aid California’s water infrastructure:

“We are working together with the Governor to make 2009 the year that we get a major series of water agreements done in California. We have already convened bipartisan and bicameral legislative meetings with the goal of having a comprehensive fix to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on the table this legislative session, along with funding for water supply reliability and infrastructure investments.

The Governor has sounded the siren on this issue for a number of years and we’re prepared to work together to get it done. We have legislative engagement from Democrats and Republicans, from Senators and Assembly Members alike. And we will break the logjam on water resources in this state and solve the issues once and for all.”

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  • Arne Simonsen

    This may be another effort to push the peripheral canal! Note this comment in their statement: “along with funding for water supply reliability.”

    The term “water supply reliability” is the covername for exporting water from the Delta to Southern California, aka the peripheral canal!

    And the feds just gave $4 million in “stimulus money” to BDCP which is pushing a peripheral canal with no in-Delta representation!