CASA Gains Ground on Permit Term Extension Legislation
One of CASA’s top priorities, legislation to extend NPDES permit terms to up to 10 years continues to gain support. HR 1764, introduced by Representative John Garamendi, is now co-sponsored by eight other Representatives. There appears to be growing support from both the Democratic co-sponsors and the Republican Committee staff and members. As such, CASA continues to work with its national coalition partners to advance the legislation through the committee. In order to capitalize on this opportunity, it is vital that CASA members urge their congressional delegation members to support and co-sponsor this important legislation. Be on the lookout for a member alert with additional details in the coming days!
CASA Shows Support for Water Recycling Funding Introduced by Senate
Senator Dianne Feinstein is sponsoring legislation to renew provisions to support the planning and construction of water recycling projects. CASA sent a general letter of support for the bill with specific recommendations. The bill would authorize an additional $100 million to water recycling projects and lift the cap on individual project assistance to $30 million. The bill would also create a new assistance program to support the construction of large water supply projects such as dams and groundwater storage projects. A hearing before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has not yet been announced.
House Committee Explores “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”
On June 25, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing entitled “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters.” The hearing focused on several California waterbodies including the San Francisco Bay and Santa Monica Bay. Bi-partisan support for the National Estuary Program was the focal point of the hearing. Witnesses called for enhanced use of green infrastructure, collaboration and cooperation between local and federal stakeholders, gaining the public’s trust and initiating restoration efforts before formal program activities begin.