Bill Providing Transparency to the State Water Resources Control Board Passes Assembly Floor
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s, R- Santa Clarita, bill requiring all external scientific peer reviews conducted by state and regional boards to be posted on the State Water Resource Control Boards website passed the Assembly. Assembly Bill 1707 is now on its way to the Governor’s desk, where it awaits his signature.
“The need for this bill was discovered while searching for the peer review of the Upper Santa Clara River chloride Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The document was later discovered by regional board staff in a three ring binder revealing the lack of transparency this bill seeks to fix,” said Wilk. “Regional quality boards often impose regulations on communities that may cost millions of dollars and it is imperative that peer reviews are available for public access as a way for ratepayers to ensure the process is appropriate and necessary.”
The performance of the peer reviews is already mandated by law, so the only change AB 1707 makes is requiring the reports be posted for public access. Furthermore, the bill stresses the importance of sound science being employed before requiring ratepayers to fund these mitigations and AB 1707 will be an incremental step in accomplishing that goal.
“As long as we make certain that environmental action is conducted through the use of sound science and community consensus, you can be certain that I will continue to fight for its further protection,” said Wilk.