As California enters another drought year with resources at record lows, BPC has responded to the current water crisis by forming the Energy & Water Committee. The proliferation of drought conditions in the West emphasizes the need to better understand the water situation in the state and how to adapt to a changing climate characterized by limited precipitation. We believe the Bay Planning Coalition can assist the region in its adaptation efforts while advancing knowledge on the energy and water issues the Bay-Delta Watershed faces. Bringing together both the hydrology experts and an array of industries, this committee will leverage BPC’s advocacy potential to support the economic viability of Bay Area commerce while facilitating dialogue on adaptation efforts needed to exist in a new environment altered by climate change.
Energy & Water Policy Goals:
- Educate BPC members and the public on the critical economic impacts of drought, water security, and energy supply issues, to ensure the sustainable use and management of nexus resources.
- Support funding for the resilience adaptation of water and energy conveyance infrastructure, wastewater treatment, conservation practices, and increased storage.
- Advocate for new policies and regulatory solutions to ensure a resilient water and energy supply.
- Melanie Richardson, Valley Water
- Scott Warner, BBJ Group
March 15, 2022:
BPC hosted Mike Anderson, DWR; Dale Roberts, Sonoma Water; and Rob Cifelli, NOAA. Members in attendance received un update on California’s water crisis, and learned more information about the AQPI forecasting program and long term forecasting at the NOAA.
View the presentations below.
Energy & Water News:
- Grant Applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Program Due on June 15, 2022Grant Applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Program Due on June 15, 2022The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is accepting grant applications for the Clean Vessel Act Education and Outreach Program. A maximum of $ 277,500 of federal funding per targeted region is available to organizations for educating coastal and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta boaters about proper vessel sewage disposal, the use of pumpout […]
- ENS Resources Federal Report – 05/20/22Water Efficiency Legislation Introduced in Senate As unrelenting drought conditions in the western U.S. continue and predictions of an unprecedented third year of La Nina conditions, Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced the Water Efficiency, Conservation and Sustainability Act. Under the bill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) would provide federal assistance to […]
- Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action – State Water Resources Control BoardNotice of Proposed Regulatory Action