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Wilk’s Water Board Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

Wilk’s Water Board Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s bill requiring more transparency and accountability from the State Water Resources Control Board passed unanimously Tuesday, officials said.

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Assembly Bill 1707 would require the board to post peer review studies on their website when they impose water pollution restrictions, called Total Maximum Daily Loads, on a community that result in higher costs to residents, according to a news release by Wilk’s office.

“This website clearinghouse will provide greater transparency and accountability for boards that are unelected,” Wilk said. “It’s a positive first step that moves us in the right direction.”

AB 1707 would help alleviate concerns about the assessment and accessibility of peer reviews for TMDLs, and will increase their effectiveness by making the reporting and online availability of reviews mandatory, according to the news release.

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The bill emphasizes the importance of scientific evidence justifying a TMDL be demonstrated before requiring ratepayers to provide funding, and acts as a step toward accomplishing that goal, officials said.

“The original intent of the bill sparked due to the chloride issue that had taken place in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Curtis Raulinaitis, Wilk’s legislative director, referring to a chloride limit TMDL the board placed in Santa Clarita water in October 2013 that residents were being forced to pay for. “There was really no sound scientific basis for why they were making this decision… This is going to put them on record if they’re actually doing (peer reviews for TMDLs). We’re going to be able to see… if scientific proof actually holds true.”

The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee voted 7-0 in favor of the bill, officials said.

Wilk represents the 38th Assembly District, which includes Simi Valley, part of San Fernando Valley and most of Santa Clarita Valley.

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. Melissa is also a part-time staff writer at the Santa Clarita Gazette weekly newspaper and Canyon Country Magazine. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. She recently finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.
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