LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has formally endorsed the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010 on California’s November 2010 statewide ballot.
By endorsing this measure, the Chamber joins a growing coalition of environmental groups, business and labor, farmers, water agencies and others working to secure voter approval of the water bond in November.
“California’s water supply and reliability crisis has gone largely unaddressed for years,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “Unless action is taken immediately, experts warn that our state will face continued water shortages, the potential for catastrophic failure of our water delivery system, and environmental collapse in areas vital to drinking water and wildlife.”
“If passed, the proposed water bond will authorize the investments we need to increase the reliability and quality of our water system,” Toebben said. “For the sake of our economy, environment and quality of life, we simply cannot afford to wait any longer. We must approve this measure now.”
California's water system is outdated and straining to meet the needs of its residents, farms, businesses and environment. Designed 30 years ago to serve 16 million residents, our water system now serves more than 38 million and is struggling to meet the needs of our homes, farms, businesses, wildlife and the environment. A myriad of problems plagues our water system, including:
• Severely Limited Supplies of Water. California faces many challenges storing and moving sufficient water supplies to meet the needs of our economy and population, challenges that have been worsened after three straight years of drought.
• Contamination & Pollution of Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Groundwater.
• An Environment at Risk. In areas critical to our water supply, entire ecosystems and watersheds are threatened because of contamination and changes in natural water flows.
• Crumbling & Aging Water Infrastructure at Risk of Failure. California’s network of water storage and delivery infrastructure (pipes, canals, surface and groundwater storage facilities) is outdated and inadequate to meet California’s water supply and environmental needs.
• The Delta in Crisis. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) — which delivers water to more than 25 million people and which is the largest natural estuary on the West Coast — faces a host of environmental and infrastructure problems that threaten our water supply and the environment.
If passed, the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010 will:
• Help develop more reliable water supplies by improving the infrastructure that stores and delivers water.
• Clean up drinking water sources by funding emergency actions to clean up water supplies in at-risk areas, cleaning up groundwater contamination, and protecting rivers, lakes and streams that supply our drinking water.
• Protect & restore the environment by providing vitally needed ecosystem restoration including reviving threatened fish populations, investing in conservation and watershed protections, and cleaning up of rivers, lakes, streams, beaches and the coast.
• Increase local water supplies through funding of local and regional projects to clean up local water sources and reduce dependence on water brought in from other regions by funding advanced treatment technologies to promote water recycling and cleanup projects.
• Restore the Delta. By fortifying hundreds of miles of levees and restoring the delta ecosystem and habitats, the measure will help protect the delta and prevent a full-fledge collapse of its infrastructure and natural environment.
• Enhance conservation by funding local water agency conservation efforts to reduce water usage and enhance water-use efficiency.
Key members of the Alliance for Clean Water and Jobs coalition include the California Alliance for Jobs, Association of California Water Agencies, Audubon California, California Building Industry Association, California Chamber of Commerce, California Latino Water Coalition, Milk Producers Council, Orange County Business Council, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Southern California Water Committee, State Building & Construction Trades Council, The Nature Conservancy California, Western Growers Association and other regional and statewide organizations.
For more information visit www.WaterforCA.com.
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.