Sunday , October 22 2017

Farmers, Environmental Leaders Urge Legislature To Support Safe Drinking Water Bill

California farmers and environmental justice leaders are joining forces to support a bill that would help fund a clean drinking water program. The coalition, which includes the Community Water Center , is urging California Assembly leaders to bring SB623 , the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to a vote, instead of tabling it until the next legislative session. If passed, the law would fund long-term operations and maintenance of water systems for the 300 plus California communities dealing with water contamination. Alyssa Houtby, with the trade association California Citrus Mutual , says the ag world realizes farming practices have tainted water supplies with contaminants like nitrates. “Although the farming practices of today significantly reduce or eliminate the potential for nitrates to reach groundwater, the problem still exists and it must be addressed in an equitable and balanced manner,” Houtby says. Capital for the fund would be collected by placing a fee on fertilizer,
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