Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee Vice Chair Bigelow Responds to Governor’s Signing of Drought Legislation

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Vice Chair Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing drought legislation approved this week by the Legislature:
“I appreciate that the Legislature, and now the Governor through his signature today, have taken swift action to bring some relief to Californians who have been hit hardest by the drought.  In my district, farmers are struggling to make ends meet, many ag workers have lost their jobs, and small business owners – especially the hotels, restaurants and shops that rely on tourism – have lost income as a result of the drought.
“But this is just the first step.  The emergency measures signed today by the Governor do not fix our long-term water woes, nor do they provide any real water.  Now our attention must turn to enacting a comprehensive water solution that includes both above and below-ground water storage.  Several water bond proposals are now before the Legislature and I am hopeful that serious discussions will soon begin in earnest to build more water storage in California.”
Bigelow and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway recently introduced a $7.935 billion comprehensive water bond proposal (Assembly Bill 2043), which would provide competitive funding for critical water storage, groundwater, Delta restoration, water quality, and drought relief projects statewide.