Working with Legislators

Working With Legislators

The Water Authority actively engages on legislation in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., working closely with state and federal legislators and government officials as an integral part of its effort to protect water supply reliability and enable the development of new supplies. 

Water Authority Board members and staff continued to brief and update legislators and government officials on regional water issues and the Water Authority’s lawsuits over MWD’s water rates, including the negative impact on local water supply development in Southern California and on local ratepayers.

Two bills supported by the Water Authority during the 2011 state legislative session, SB 215 and SB 328, were signed into law. SB 215 helps protect California's water supplies from the spread of invasive mussels by extending the state's authority to conduct inspections of boats and facilities, along with other actions, until 2017. SB 328 establishes procedures for informing the holders of conservation easements of condemnation proceedings made through the eminent domain process. The new law with help ensure the Water Authority and other water agencies can better protect access to their facilities during eminent domain cases.

At the federal level, the Water Authority supported several bills, including legislation signed by the President in December that will provide long-term certainty of a low-cost, clean, and renewable power supply from the Hoover Dam to be used by water suppliers to ensure efficient, reliable Colorado River water deliveries.