L.A. Area Chamber Statement on Passage of California Water Legislation


November 4, 2009 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the California Legislature for approving a comprehensive water package, which will help fix the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and ensure a safe and reliable water supply for all Californians.

“The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Senate and the Assembly for working together in a bi-partisan way to pass one of the most important pieces of legislation in four decades,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The Chamber applauds the Legislature’s Democratic and Republican leadership for this landmark moment that will reform and rebuild California’s economic lifeblood.”

Fixing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is critical to preserving one of our state's most delicate ecosystems and ensuring continued water delivery to all Californians.  An aging system of levees, canals and pumps is already under judicial monitoring due to environmental degradation and is one moderate earthquake away from collapse.  Such a disaster would flood the Delta with saltwater — rendering it undrinkable — decimate the state's agricultural industry, cut off one-third of Southern California's water supply and leave much of the area south and east of San Francisco critically short of water.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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