Today (Tuesday Sept 26), the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors will hold a historic hearing on the California Water Fix proposed by Gov. Brown to modernize the State Water Project. The Governor’s plan would greatly enhance the reliability of a long-term water supply for L.A. County and Southern California. It would also improve the environmental integrity of the Bay Area Delta which is an integral part of the State Water Project.
The State Water Project was approved by California voters in 1960 by a 51.5 to 48.5 percent margin. In hindsight, we now know that the State Water Project is a primary reason why the economy of L.A. County is today the 19th largest in the world.
The water that flows via the State Water Project from the Sierras in Northern California to the Central Valley and Southern California is distributed in Southern California by MWD. To get a picture of how important water from MWD is to the City of L.A., please open this graph (Above). As you will quickly see, the water L.A. gets from the State Water Project via MWD is essential to our survival. We must assure its availability for our children and grandchildren. That is why the California Water Fix is so important.
by Gary Toebben
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