SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced new legislation that would help create a more robust water market and improve the ability of the state to meet the growing demand for water supply reliability and healthy ecosystems. The bill, known as the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, would create a water transfer information clearinghouse providing a platform for which water data is shared across the state. This marks an important first step to move California toward a more effective and flexible water management system.
"The drought has revealed California needs a modern water information system to address the state's water supply," said Assemblymember Dodd. "The state does not suffer from a lack of water data, but from a lack of usable water data needed to make smart decisions. This bill will create instant and accessible water information that will better enable water managers to cope with current and future drought conditions."
"I would like to acknowledge Assemblymember Dodd's leadership on this important aspect of water data collection and management. I also appreciate his willingness to continue working with the water community to refine and improve upon the proposal," said Grant Davis, General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency. "The value of creating a statewide clearinghouse is that it allows us to make informed decisions based on data that already exist but are currently out of reach."