07/15/09

WATER CRISIS: OFFICIALS GATHER TO DISCUSS

Joint Briefing Hosted by San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn and Friends of the Delta

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SAN MARCOS – County, city, and water district officials gathered today to discuss state and federal efforts to address the water crisis by finding a long term fix for California’s Delta. Local leaders worked on how their jurisdictions and organizations can support a comprehensive solution.

“California’s Delta may be out of sight, out of mind because it’s 500 miles away, but if you turn on the tap and there’s no water, reality sets in fast,” said Supervisor Bill Horn

Horn represents the North County of San Diego and joined with the non-profit group, Friends of the Delta, in hosting Keith Coolidge, the Chief Deputy Director of the CALFED Bay Delta-Program, to have a frank discussion regarding the water crisis with officials from Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and Poway. Leaders from local Chambers of Commerce and business organizations also attended.

“It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of the Delta in creating a reliable water supply for California. The Delta provides drinking water to two-thirds of Californians and irrigates nearly half of the fruits and vegetables produced in this country,” said Chief Deputy Director Keith Coolidge.

The results of the event included ways local government could support a long-term Delta fix. Among the solutions were increased conservation measures, resolutions of support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and public awareness campaigns to inform the public on their role in resolving the water crisis.

“Californians have to change their attitude regarding water,” said a spokesman for the Friends of the Delta, “A sustainable water supply is crucial to our economy, environment, and lives. We need to become water conscious in everything we do, and make sure our local, state and federal legislators know that we want long-term sustainability not a short sighted panacea.”

The Friends of the Delta is a non-profit organization focused on educating the public on the need for a comprehensive Delta restoration and an enhanced conveyance system with the long-term vision of supporting efforts to provide a sustainable water supply for California.

Contacts: Friends of the Delta 888-234-0564
John Culea 619-531-4709