SCWC Celebrates 25th Anniversary as Southern California’s Leading Voice in Water Policy

October 22, 2009

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ – The Southern California Water Committee is celebrating its 25th year as the region’s leading water policy forum tonight at its Silver Jubilee Dinner featuring keynote speaker Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and special honorees. The SCWC, founded in 1984, has been a voice for Southern California throughout the past quarter century, navigating complicated water issues and playing a critical role in building water policy consensus throughout the region and the state.

Since its beginning, the SCWC has been the only organization in the region bringing the diverse interests of regional and local elected officials, opinion leaders, water agencies, business and agricultural organizations together on California’s water issues. The organization’s work has helped lay the framework for developing a comprehensive water solution that benefits the entire state, while assuring a long term sustainable water supply for Southern California.

“For 25 years, the Southern California Water Committee has been a leading voice for safe, clean and reliable water up and down our state. Today we need leaders to take action to achieve a comprehensive water plan that will serve the state over the next 25 years and beyond. Working together, we will get this water deal done and we will build a brighter more prosperous future for our state,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This year, SCWC will be honoring three of California’s most notable water leaders – Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force Members Monica Florian and Tom McKernan will be receiving the Harriet Weider Water Leadership Award and SCWC’s former executive director, Joan Dym, will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. Sponsors of the event include Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Edison, AECOM, Cordoba Corporation, Operating Engineers, Local 12, Kern County Water Agency, Majestic Realty Co., Paramount Farms, Santa Margarita Water District and the California-Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers.

Through education and outreach, the SCWC is working with other state and regional leaders to develop and support a comprehensive solution that restores the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) ecosystem and restores a reliable water supply for the state. Water for 25 million people and three million acres of agricultural land is moved through the Delta — but the existing conveyance system needs replacement to avoid widespread water shortages. A comprehensive solution must include implementation of water conveyance improvements as outlined in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The SCWC is just one of the many organizations throughout California that has voiced support for a new conveyance facility.

“We are at a critical juncture in statewide water policy. There is overwhelming consensus that a major overhaul is needed in order to restore the ecosystem and assure a reliable water supply to the state. California is poised to make some difficult, but necessary, decisions that will require strong leadership and vision. The Southern California Water Committee looks forward to its continued partnership with Governor Schwarzenegger, the State Legislature, and our Northern California counterparts as we enter a new era of water policy,” said Charles Wilson, chairman, Southern California Water Committee.

SCWC also acknowledges and extends its gratitude to its past chairs, who all helped tremendously to bring SCWC to where it is today:

  • 1984 – 1989 Hon. Harriett Weider, Orange County Supervisor (retired)
  • 1989 – 1991 Hon. John Flynn, Ventura County Supervisor (retired)
  • 1991 – 1992 Hon. Ben Austin, Kern County Supervisor (retired)
  • 1992 – 1994 Donald Hanley, UNOCAL (retired)
  • 1994 – 1995 Hon. Bill Cole, Imperial County Supervisor (retired)
  • 1995 – 1998 Robert Krieger, Krieger & Stewart (current SCWC trustee)
  • 1998 – 2001 Stephen Zapoticzny, CP Kelco (current SCWC trustee)
  • 2001 -2004 Stacy Roscoe, Procter and Gamble (retired, current SCWC trustee)
  • 2004- 2007 James Noyes, L.A. County Department of Public Works (retired, current SCWC trustee)

Established in 1984, the Southern California Water Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern Californians about our water needs and our state’s water resources. Spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside, Ventura and Kern Counties, the SCWC’s members include representatives from business, government, agriculture, water agencies and the general public. Visit us at www.socalwater.org and find us on Facebook.

SOURCE The Southern California Water Committee

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