For the past four years, WG has been working on a funding solution to address drinking water contamination issues in disadvantaged communities. While we initially advocated the funding should come from a small fee on water bills, and increased fees on agriculture that would have been tied to enforcement changes, the governor and legislature instead decided to continuously appropriate $130 million a year over the next 10 years from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Senator Monning’s SB-200 passed both houses of the legislature and is now before the governor for his signature. The bill will take effect immediately once it is signed. Click here for the bill language.
WG Director of California Government Affairs Gail Delihant shares more about SB-200 in the video below: