Today Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) hosted his annual water conference at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The conference brought together a number of local and federal water officials, and gave them an opportunity to meet with community stakeholders and discuss policies and practices necessary to ensure a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of water in the Inland area.
"Clean, reliable sources of water are critical to the health and economic wellbeing of the Inland Empire," said Rep. Baca. "I am glad to host this conference, which brought together a number of diverse voices to exchange ideas on how we can best work together to maintain and improve water access for local communities."
Panelists at the conference emphasized unique and innovative ways to increase access to a safe, affordable water supply. Attendees also discussed the specific water projects necessary for continued local development, and various obstacles that currently impede local water service. Speakers at the conference included:
* Wayne Praskins, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Program;
* Tim Brick, with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California;
* Stacey Aldstadt, with the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department;
* Tom Crowley, with West Valley Water District; and
* Patrick Sheilds, with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.
"From cleaning up perchlorate contamination to overcoming potentially burdensome regulations, there are many areas where local, state, and federal officials must continue to work together for the good of our Inland communities," concluded Rep. Baca. "I thank everyone involved in today's conference for sharing their perspective on the critical challenges we face, and look forward to taking these ideas back with me to Washington to ensure we craft the best policy possible when it comes to water quality, affordability, and accessibility."