Category: Imperial Valley

Sacramento, California - Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) AB 1095 passed out of the Assembly with bipartisan support. The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015  (Salton Sea) require the Natural Resources Agency to report to the legislature by March 31, 2016 on eligible shovel ready projects on the Salton Sea.

“The clock is ticking and water transfers are scheduled in 2017 per the QSA, which will increase the rate at which the sea declines,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.  “Approximately 400,000 people in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys will be harmed by the estimated 33% increase in the amount of fine windblown dust from exposed playa at the sea”

In the governor’s May revise, the administration proposed to form the Salton Sea Task Force. Task Force will develop these plans in coordination with stakeholders to help the construction of projects that protect both wildlife habitat and air quality at the sea.

“Given the sense of urgency to address the threats posed by the sea, AB 1095 compliments current efforts by ensuring that identified shovel ready projects are funded as soon as possible to protect human health, and habitat” he concluded.

Other bills authored or Co-Authored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia that passed the Assembly Floor today:

Following today's floor activity, the bills will await policy committee assignment by the Senate Committee on Rules.  First policy committee hearings are expected in June 2015.