Governor Signs Legislation to Increase Funding for Watersheds

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Brown signed AB 2480, a bill authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) that will unlock funding for watershed restoration and infrastructure projects.

“California’s watersheds serve as this state’s natural infrastructure,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Restoring and conserving these watersheds is therefore essential to improving water security and reliability. AB 2480 will help facilitate restoration and conservation projects and in doing so, protect our natural resources and water supply.”

California’s source watersheds are an integral part of the state’s water systems, constituting the natural infrastructure that collects, treats, and transports water to reservoirs. The condition of these watersheds has a direct impact on various parts of the state’s water supply and economy, from drinking water availability and quality to agricultural activity. Unfortunately, California’s watersheds are deteriorating, in part due to climate change and the drought, and are in need of better management and conservation.

AB 2480 establishes that source watersheds are an essential and integral part of California’s water infrastructure and are eligible for the same types of financing as other water infrastructure. This simple statutory change will increase the amount of financing that watershed projects can tap into and will also unlock access to federal financing programs.

AB 2480 is supported by a variety of environmental and conservation groups, including the Pacific Forest Trust, California League of California Voters, and Defenders of Wildlife.

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.