by Katy Grimes, Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As appearing in the California Globe
“Last night, California’s Legislature said ‘no to future-oriented water policy including new environmental protections and ‘yes’ to an outdated regulatory system and business as usual, said Mike Wade, Executive Director of the California Farm Water Coalition. “They said ‘no’ to Senator Feinstein and a host of Congressional Democrats. And they said ‘no’ to the Governor, his Voluntary Agreements and his Water Resiliency Portfolio.”
Late into the night/early morning, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, by Sen. President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), a bill preemptively freezing water and clean air regulations to the final day of the Obama administration. SB 1 officially jams Gov. Gavin Newsom and his water plan.
“One of the most concerning issues in SB 1 is it would invalidate voluntary agreements entered into between the state and federal government on water conveyance in the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project, and impose outdated methods of operation that do not acknowledge the new scientific consensus,” California Globe wrote last week.
“This bill has little to do with ensuring clean water and air, protecting wildlife, and standing up for workers,” Bill McEwen at GVWire reported. “The real goal is to provide a legislative vehicle for Democratic lawmakers to polish their “Trump resistance” credentials ahead of the 2020 elections.” GVWire focuses on California’s Central Valley.