Last week I hosted my annual water conference at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. This conference gave me the opportunity to meet with a number of local and federal water officials, as well as community stakeholders to discuss policies and practices necessary to ensure a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of water for the Inland area.
I believe that clean, reliable sources of water are critical to the health and economic wellbeing of the Inland Empire. Through this meeting I was glad to have been able to bring together a number of diverse voices and 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.
I thank everyone involved in last week's conference who shared their perspective on the critical challenges we face. Special thanks to the speakers at the conference including:
* 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, I call for the support of local, state, and federal officials to work together for the good of our Inland communities. I look forward to taking the ideas presented at this conference to Washington to ensure that I craft the best policy possible when it comes to water quality, affordability, and accessibility.
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional District