August 30th 2019


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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Earlier today, California Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) by Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) advanced from the California Assembly Appropriations committee. SB 1 will now be considered on the California Assembly floor before the Legislature adjourns on September 13th.

“I am disappointed that SB 1 was released off suspense file with amendments that make it much worse for farming and California as a whole.” Said Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations committee, shared with the California Water Alliance.

SB 1 effectively declares that California would adhere to laws governing clean air, water, endangered species and labor that were in place in January 2017, before the beginning of the Trump Administration.

“SB 1 is bad for farmworkers, farmers, and communities throughout the state of California. Our environmental laws and regulations should be defined by current, sound science not petty politics,” said William Bourdeau, Chairman of the California Water Alliance.

SB 1 would freeze the existing federal biological opinions. Future permits would be subject to outdated science and ineffective federal baseline measures, thus permanently, constraining the coordinated operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.

The California Water Alliance has led effort to demand that the California Legislature “Fix or Nix SB 1”:

The California Water Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for an increase in water supply for municipal, agricultural and environmental needs:


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  1. Jerry Todd on August 31, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    The sooner we clean out that brood of vipers trying to destroy the state from Sacramento and the nation from DC, the better.

  2. Carrol Lang on August 31, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    NIX SB1
    There is no excuse to play politics over the water needs for people and farmers.
    Another drought is in the future.
    Quit kicking the can down the road.

  3. Lela Ann Pearigen on August 31, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    The whole California Legislature should be RECALLED, they refuse to listen to the farmers and the voters. Either recall them or vote them out in 2020.

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