Last week, Western Growers submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) criticizing their proposed regulations defining the waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies requested public comments on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that determine the range of waters that fall under the federal government’s jurisdiction.
That is the term of art used in Sacramento to signify a bill has been approved by the governor and is now the law of the state. On September 16, 2014, the governor’s signature on three bills created Chapters 346, 347 and 348 of the Statutes of 2014, establishing a state regulatory regime for groundwater.
First I’d like to thank all the growers with whom I’ve worked over the years, and also thank the Western Growers Board of Directors and the leadership team beginning with Tom Nassif and his staff in Washington.
California is still in drought conditions and experts say that almost regardless of what happens this winter, there will be water delivery challenges next year. In fact, precipitation and snowpack would have to come in at about 150 percent of normal before water deliveries could return to a more regular level.
Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion California water bond on the statewide ballot has nearly unanimous support from newspaper editorial boards. California’s largest newspapers have all issued endorsements of the YES on Prop 1 campaign, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the U-T San Diego, the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News and the Orange County Register.
Mark Stone was part of the huge freshman class that was elected to the State Assembly in 2012. Prior to that he was on the board of supervisors for Santa Cruz County and also served on the California Coastal Commission.
The House of Representatives and Senate recessed on September 18 in order to allow individual members to make their final push for reelection this year. While seven weeks remain before election day, Congress has left Washington with much work left undone.