Apr 18 2017

CA Drought Over, but OCBC Continues to Push for Water Storage Investment

While California’s historic five-year drought is officially over, preparing for the next drought is still on OCBC’s agenda. The brutally dry years from 2012 to 2016 – which were the driest on record since 1895 when such records began – resulted in landmark and water conservation legislation. However, investment in storage capacity must be a part of the drought’s legacy in order to prepare for almost certain future dry years. The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project is a new bipartisan, long-term, and environmentally sound water source for Southern California. OCBC plans to advocate for increased water storage investment during it’s One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. in May by supporting the efforts of the Interior Department and Congress to remove federal regulatory hurdles blocking the Project’s safe use of an existing railroad corridor for its pipeline. CLICK HERE for more information about the project. In a recent report, the Southern California Water Committee provided an analysis on the impacts of drought regulations on communities, highlighting that more than 38 million Californians compete for fewer available water resources. CLICK HERE for the report. 

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