Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen John Garamendi, Josh Harder, Jim Costa and TJ Cox (all D-Calif.) released the following statement in advance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of Senate Bill 1:
“While we support the objectives of SB1 – to protect clean air, drinking water and our environment – the bill as written would jeopardize those very goals. It is critical that all Californians, especially those in our disadvantaged communities, have a reliable supply of clean, fresh drinking water, in addition to water for our environment and essential agriculture industry. We applaud the governor's leadership in vetoing this bill, and his efforts to solve California's difficult water challenges with solutions that meet the needs of the 21st century.
“Working together with all water users provides the best hope for avoiding endless litigation on the management of California's water supply. We know this through experience. Continuing the collaborative process put in motion by the governor can result in improved habitats and protect fish and wildlife species, while also ensuring improved water supply reliability for our communities and family farms across California.”