Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) General Manager Dave Eggerton will appear before the Little Hoover Commission on April 27 to discuss the impact of unhealthy forests on water supply and quality and how the district is working with regional partners to mitigate the impacts of the current tree mortality crisis that has killed 102 million trees in California. Eggerton also submitted extensive written testimony in advance of the hearing.
Other speaker slated to testify during the hearing include representatives from various counties, the Department of Insurance, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sierra Pacific Industries, Sierra Forest Legacy and The Nature Conservancy.
The hearing will examine the costs of the tree mortality crisis, insurance issues, the impact on utilities, how the crisis affects private landowners and the environment, and potential policy solutions to ensure sustainable forest management.
About the Little Hoover Commission
The Little Hoover Commission, formally known as the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, is an independent state oversight agency that was created in 1962. The Commission’s mission is to investigate state government operations and – through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals – promote efficiency, economy and improved service. The Commission’s creation and membership, purpose and duties and powers are enumerated in statute.
The Little Hoover Commission hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday April 27 in Room 437 of the State Capitol. Public comments will be accepted at the end of the hearing.
The full hearing agenda is here.
Information provided via the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)