Wednesday, February 21 , 2018, 9:50 pm | Fair 46º


Williams Bill to Protect Water Infrastructure Clears Senate

AB 2443 would provide funding to prevent infestation from Quagga and Zebra mussel

A bill authored by local Assemblyman Das Williams to provide a stable source of funding to protect critical water infrastructure from Quagga and Zebra mussel infestation passed off the state Senate floor Thursday with bipartisan support.

Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, rose to speak in support of the bill for several minutes. He noted that he attended the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission recently where the issue of infestation was discussed. Harman focused on the devastating costs borne by local governments and water agencies as soon as a reservoir becomes infested.

“The question before us is, should we act now or wait until reservoirs become infested, costing our local agencies hundreds of millions of dollars for never-ending infestation containment efforts? The direct and indirect costs of infestation are severe,” Williams said. “Just look at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. They spent $30 million over the last five years battling an infestation. We must protect Lake Cachuma and Lake Casitas from this danger.”

AB 2443 would establish a reasonable fee increase on vessel registration that would be used to assist local governments in protecting vulnerable local water supplies, flood control efforts, hydro-power generation, and aquatic recreation from non-native Quagga and Zebra mussel infestation.

The law already requires local plans to prevent infestation; however, AB 2443 would establish a revenue source to assist local government and state agencies offset the costs of those plans.

— Susan McEntire is chief of staff for Assemblyman Das Williams.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >