PCWA actively tracks and weighs in on state and federal legislative and regulatory policies to protect your investments in water resources. We also work to advance PCWA and the region’s efforts in water supply planning, environmental protection and hydroelectric energy management.
With the 2018 legislative session due to start up in January, we wanted to share with you a snapshot of the major bills we were active on in 2017 and will continue to follow this year. They are important to you since they can affect your water use, water rates and water supply.

"No" on Permanent, Enforceable Water Conservation

We voiced our opposition against Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606. Part of Governor Jerry Brown’s “Make Conservation a California Way of Life” framework, the bills would allow the State Water Resources Control Board to enforce water use standards for agencies across the state. As they stand, they have the potential to cause negative impacts on your water rates, community greenscapes and local businesses.  

We Opposed the “Water Tax” Bill

We said no to a proposed water tax on all residential and commercial customer water bills. Thanks to a majority of water agencies also voicing opposition, Senate Bill 623 moved to the Assembly Rules Committee as a two-year bill. While PCWA supports the bill’s goal to fund safe drinking water solutions in disadvantaged communities, we don’t believe placing a tax on your water bill is the solution for funding.

2017 Fires Spark Forest Management Reform

After years of devastating wildfires, Congress is working on solutions to address the threats posed by our overgrown forests. PCWA supports management reforms and funding solutions that allow the U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies to proactively care for our public lands for the benefit of the people and local communities. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 and Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017 are important pieces of legislation for PCWA.

Other News

Brenda Burman Sworn in as Commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation

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