Over the course of the 2022 state legislative and congressional sessions, CalDesal has stepped up its engagement. In recent weeks, the CalDesal Executive Committee approved adoption of CalDesal Legislative Committee recommended positions on several bills:
- AB 2016 (Bauer-Kahan) – Desalination study legislation – SUPPORT
- SB 1347 (Hueso) – Renewable hydrogen study – SUPPORT
- S. 4231 (Feinstein) – STREAM Act – Federal funding authorization – SUPPORT
- H.R. 7612 (Levin) – Desalination Research Advancement Act - SUPPORT
CalDesal continues to be actively engaged in helping to shape state and federal legislation in a meaningful way to ensure positive, transparent, and accountable outcomes that help advance California’s desalination opportunities and environment.
CalDesal has also communicated with legislative leadership, budget leadership, and the Governor’s office regarding its recommendations for water resilience investment using state budget surplus funds. The CalDesal recommendations focus on encouraging investments in ocean and brackish water desalination infrastructure, workforce development, and renewable energy integration for desalination operations. CalDesal remains engaged through the Summer as the Legislature works to shape a final spending package for the State Budget during August, which is the last month of the 2022 state legislative session.