Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) was encouraged that his legislation to improve local water supply unanimously cleared the Senate, passing its final hurdle Thursday before going to the Governor for his prospective signature.
Senate Bill 373 would assist the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority (SRWA) 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 for the cities of Ceres and Turlock.
“Water in California is a precious resource, and this bill will provide our local agencies with the tools to manage it wisely,” said Cannella. “We must ensure a sustainable water supply for the future of California’s agriculture and domestic needs.”
SB 373 was introduced in February at the behest of community leaders in Senator Cannella’s district. It passed all committees in both houses with bipartisan support, and without a single “no” vote.
“Water is the key ingredient to California’s population and economic growth, and I am encouraged that my colleagues recognize the merits of this bill,” Cannella concluded.
In addition, Senator Cannella’s measure on California’s Nursery Advisory Board, Senate Bill 335, also recently passed the Legislature (8/24) and is on the Governor’s desk for consideration. SB 335 ensures the continuation of the strong relationship between the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the nursery industry by codifying into statute the Nursery Advisory Board’s existence within the Department to advise the Secretary of Food and Agriculture and make recommendations on all matters pertaining to the regulation of nursery stock.