GCV is in agreement that the State of California must implement drought policies to assure water for its citizens and crucial industries. The drought policies should however take into consideration local conditions such as water sources, historic water management practices and future sustainability projections for unique areas of the state such as ours.
Since its founding in 1918 the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has worked to assure a sustainable water supply for the Coachella Valley. Imported Colorado River water supplies brought into the valley by CVWD, as well as direct and in-lieu replenishment and conservation programs have benefitted the people and businesses of the Eastern Coachella Valley by reversing overdraft of the aquifer that underlies the area.
The Eastern Coachella Valley does not rely on water supplies from the State of California, yet has been asked to conserve as if it does. GCV believes the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Governor should exempt areas such as ours and should allow us to sustainably manage our water supplies based upon local conditions.