Assembly Member Mark Stone was very forthright in his discussion of the political process in Sacramento as he discussed water issues, and what the legislature is continuing to work on relating to this crucial matter – and the upcoming changes relating to both surface water and ground water regulation. He discussed the pros and cons of Proposition 1 (which has since been passed in the recent election) – pointing out where the bond monies MAY be spent and stressing that our local water districts are already ready to go after the grants that some of the funds will provide. He was optimistic that our local water agencies will be very competitive in the grant process that Prop 1 will require. In fact, he was instrumental in making sure that the Central Coast’s needs would be included in the proposition, since it had originally focused solely on the Central Valley.
Attendees were impressed by the displays at the event too. The County provided information on its Sustainability Plan, and a great display of real insects with information on vectors for disease and how to protect one’s residence and family from them. The Coastal Watershed Council had a great display about its activities, especially the San Lorenzo River Alliance, that attracted a lot of comment. Everyone enjoyed the “goody bags” with real lavender, informational materials, special stickers and information from the VWC Environmental Committee, and found interesting materials from Save Our Shores and the Resource Conservation District too.
Plan to attend the 2016 Environmental Town Hall in a year from now!