September 30 – Members of San Diego’s State Delegation Make Commitment to Clean Water

Resolution a result of San Diego Coastkeeper’s Bipartisan Legislative Summit

SAN DIEGO, CA – September 30, 2010—Today five members of San Diego’s state delegation signed a resolution to develop a comprehensive and sustainable water plan to make San Diego the nation’s Clean Water Capital. The formal commitment came at the conclusion of San Diego Coastkeeper®’s inaugural Bipartisan Legislative Summit, which examined the region’s most pressing water issues and potential solutions. Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) co-chaired the event this morning at the University of California, San Diego.

“San Diego is home to vibrant and growing high-tech, bio-tech, clean-tech and green-tech sectors that rely on a first rate quality of life to attract top national talent,” said Senator Kehoe. “We need bipartisan leadership to secure a water future that keeps these businesses here.”

“Together we can find solutions that strengthen our local economy and ensure access to a clean and healthy water supply for our families,” said Assemblyman Fletcher.

Members of the State Senate and Assembly, County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council attended the half-day summit, which featured scientists, ecologists and legal experts reporting on the latest findings regarding San Diego’s water supply and watershed health.

“We currently import more than 80 percent of our water from outside of the region, and we have 271 separate waterbodies that do not meet federal Clean Water Act standards,” said San Diego Coastkeeper Executive Director Bruce Reznik. “We are thrilled that San Diego members of the California State Senate and Assembly are setting a new standard in working together to achieve a diverse and sustainable water supply for our region.”

State delegation members who joined Senator Kehoe and Assemblyman Fletcher in signing the resolution include Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, Assemblymember Marty Block and Assemblymember Mary Salas.

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