Latest on SB 1: Water Coalition Urges “No” Vote

A broad coalition of business organizations and water agencies, including the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID), is urging lawmakers to vote “no” on Senate Bill 1.

The bill as currently written would derail collaborative efforts to restore the Delta and improve water deliveries. It would also cause litigation by applying the California Endangered Species Act to the federally-managed Central Valley Project, an unsettled area of law.

The full letter is below.

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Bipartisan Lawmaker Coalition to Gov. Newsom: Amend SB 1, Protect Voluntary Agreements

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. lawmakers, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congressmen Jim Costa, John Garamendi, Josh Harder, and TJ Cox, are calling for amendments to SB 1 (Atkins).

The below letter was delivered today to Governor Newsom, urging him to “insist upon” amendments to the legislation to “preserve the viability of potential voluntary agreements over proposed outflow requirements for the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers.”

Opponents of the bill, including the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID), believe that SB 1 goes far beyond its stated intent to insulate California from potential Trump Administration efforts to roll back existing federal protections for air, water, and endangered species. BBID has joined a statewide coalition of water organizations and business leaders asking for critical amendments to the bill, to protect water supply reliability for millions of Californians.

Read the full letter below.

SB 1 Opposition Coalition Seeks Amendments to Protect Californians’ Water Supply

Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) joined a broad, statewide coalition of water agencies, business leaders and other concerned organizations opposing Senate Bill 1. BBID has strongly opposed the bill as written, contending it threatens water supply reliability for millions of Californians. Read the full letter to the bill’s author below.

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BBID Supports ACA 1

Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) announced its support for ACA 1, which “will provide mechanisms for cities, counties, and special districts to have a viable financing tool to help address important community needs for affordable housing and public infrastructure.”

Read the District’s full support letter below.

BBID ACA 1 Support

Opposition Letter: SB 1 Likely to Have “Statewide Disruptive Impacts to the State’s Water Systems”

Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) conveyed its strong opposition to Senate Bill 1, which BBID and a coalition of water agencies believes “…threatens water supply reliability for millions of Californians and jeopardizes efforts to improve the environmental health of the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds.”

Read the full letter below.

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Water Agency Coalition: SB 1 “Threatens Water Supply Reliability for Millions of Californians”

A number of public water agencies, including Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, are strongly opposing Senate Bill 1. The below letter outlines concerns with the legislation, including how it threatens water supply reliability and may negatively impact efforts to improve environmental health of California watersheds.

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BBID Engages State Water Board to Ensure Proper Implementation of Water Rights Fairness Bill

In its ongoing commitment to ensure fairness for California’s water right holders, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) proactively engaged the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).

The below letter details BBID’s efforts to ensure the proper implementation of Assembly Bill 747, which establishes a neutral Administrative Hearings Office to adjudicate complex water rights matters.

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