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Calendar >  Assemblymember Waldron -Preparing for Drought: Part 2

Assemblymember Waldron -Preparing for Drought: Part 2

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Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember — As California’s water supply reaches an all-time low, government overreach is hitting an all-time high. To get through this drought, we must all do our part to conserve. But ultimately, better policy decisions must be made to minimize the devastating impact that droughts have on residents and farmers.

Across the State of California, extreme measures are being taken to conserve water. Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board made the decision to restrict farmers from using two significant water sources, endangering crops in the Central Valley that the nation relies on. The Oroville Dam in Northern CA reached record low levels and cannot produce electric power for the first time since 1967. Meanwhile, cities across California are issuing mandatory water restrictions on property owners.

More must be done to increase California’s water storage capacity.

Locally, I have authored Assembly Bill 692 to provide critical funding to the Lake Wohlford Dam. This will allow a new dam to be built just west of the lake, increasing this important water source’s storage capacity to 6,500 acre-feet. AB 692 passed the Assembly with bi-partisan support of 77-0 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consent.

We cannot allow droughts to impact our food and water supply like this one has. Upgrading and expanding our current water storage projects, such as Lake Wohlford Dam, will go a long way to addressing the water shortages we face today.
 
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