The adoption of the law on energy infrastructure celebrated by the Ag and Water groups
The Energy Infrastructure Act was recently passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a 13 to 7 vote. The legislation includes several provisions that will help address some of the water issues in the area. western United States. A major coalition of agricultural and water groups has expressed support for moving the bill forward. Supporters include the California Farm Bureau Federation, Western Growers, Family Farm Alliance, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), and the National Water Resources Association. The coalition is now pushing for swift action across the Senate to move the bill forward.
“We support the comprehensive approach taken in the Energy Infrastructure Act, which includes over $ 8 billion for western water supply projects that expand conservation and recycling efforts, improve ecosystems , repair crumbling dams and canals, and build new storage and transportation facilities. ACWA Executive Director Dave Eggerton said in a press release.
Some of the provisions of the Energy Infrastructure Law include support for the management of water infrastructure and improvement of storage and transmission. A total of $ 3.2 billion would be authorized to improve aging infrastructure, including $ 100 million for specific critical failure rehabilitation projects. The law also provides for support of $ 1.15 billion for water storage and supply projects. Significant financial support will also go to dam safety, watershed improvement projects, desalination and water recycling.
The coalition supporting the bill is made up of more than 220 organizations from 15 states. Before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s vote, the coalition sent a letter of support for the legislation. “The package aligns with both the solutions that water managers in the western United States have been asking for for years and provides a balanced set of tools that local and regional managers can choose from to solve. best meet the water needs and challenges of their local communities, ”the letter said. States.