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Opposing SB1

Sep 09, 2019

Why MWD and Other Water Agencies Oppose SB 1:  Doug Obegi writes, “As today’s Los Angeles Times reports, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and other water districts that obtain water from the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project have been heavily lobbying against SB 1 in California (the Trump Defense bill).  These water districts are particularly focused on amendments that would: (1) eliminate a provision requiring that the Central Valley Project comply with the California Endangered Species Act, consistent with section 8 of the Reclamation Act of 1902 (which requires that the feds comply with state laws regarding the control and use of water resources); and (2) further weakening provisions of SB 1 regarding protections under the Endangered Species Act.  If you like Trump’s rollbacks of environmental protections, you’ll love the water districts’ proposed amendments to “fix” SB 1. ... ”  Read more from the NRDC blog here: Why MWD and Other Water Agencies Oppose SB 1

Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block Trump’s environmental rollbacks:  “California is close to adopting strict Obama-era federal environmental and worker safety rules that the Trump administration is dismantling. But as the legislative session draws to a close, the proposal faces fierce opposition from the state’s largest water agencies.  To shield California from Trump administration policies, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow state agencies to lock in protections under the federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and other bulwark environmental and labor laws that were in place before President Trump took office in January 2017. ... ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block Trump’s environmental rollbacks