Sen. Cannella 2017 Water Legislation Makes A Splash

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) is pleased to announce that his 2017 water bills are flowing right along.

“Water is a precious resource in California, and with the drought still fresh in our minds, these bills will ensure our local agencies have the tools to manage it wisely,” said Cannella. “It cannot be stressed enough that the sustainability of our water is critical to the future of California’s agriculture as well as our domestic needs.”

Senate Bill 193 addresses the future Interlake Tunnel and Spillway Modification Project between Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio in the Salinas Valley. The Tunnel will facilitate water storage, flood management, and environmental water needs for the Valley, and when constructed, this bill would allow for the incidental passage of white bass between the reservoirs, which is not permitted under current law. SB 193 is currently in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water for future consideration.

Under current law, groundwater sustainability agencies (GSA) are required to address the critical overdraft and management. SB 372 creates the Exchange Contractors GSA to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Exchange Contractors currently serve around 240,000 prime agriculture acres in Fresno, Madera, Merced, and Stanislaus counties. SB 372 unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee and Senate Floor earlier this month, and will be heard soon in the Assembly.

SB 373 would assist the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority in building a water supply project by allowing the Stanislaus water purveyor to use the design-build method on their Regional Surface Water Supply Project, which would provide drinking water from the Tuolumne River for the cities of Ceres and Turlock. SB 373 is scheduled for hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on May 3.

“These measures are important for the economic growth and environmental health of my district, and I am encouraged that my colleagues recognize their merits,” Cannella concluded.