Many people in the water community have been asking me the same question these past few weeks – What will a Trump Administration mean for California water? No one knows the answer for sure, but as we move forward, as always, ACWA will stick to its core values. And the template for those core values is the coequal goals of advancing a water policy that benefits both California’s economy and environment.
I have worked in California water under five governors and now – with the election of President Trump – six presidents. These transitions are just part of life for those who work on public policy. ACWA, as an organization founded in 1910, has worked with many governors and presidents and with each administration, we worked to deliver reliable, safe water while preserving the environment. Now, we adhere to the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem health, and use the 2009 Delta Reform Act and Gov. Jerry Brown’s California Water Action Plan as our road map for achieving those goals.
We will continue this endeavor under the Trump Administration, and being an optimist, I see this change in Washington as a chance to open new dialog on critical water issues as outlined in the CWAP. Issues include adequate storage, functional Delta conveyance, protection of watersheds and making conservation a way of life. Using a broad brush, here are some of the key issues and opportunities that lie ahead:
On her way out the door, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued a six-point secretarial order outlining “timely actions” federal officials must take to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and wildlife. ACWA likes many of the order’s main themes, others we are wary of. But I can say unequivocally that I wish Jewell and the Obama Administration had issued this order for “timely actions” in a more timely manner. We have been waiting for years for some action on these issues. But again, as an optimist, it is a positive sign that the order appears to send a signal to the federal government to develop a meaningful partnership with the state of California in resolving these complex issues.
As we move into 2017 with a new administration in Washington, we have an opportunity for a new era of collaborative problem solving and constructive partnership. We have the road map to success with the coequal goals and the California Water Action Plan. That vision is our future.
source: Association of California Water Agencies
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