The Board of Supervisors will send a five-signature letter in support of the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP) to Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation as well as to the Honorable Grace Napolitano and Robb Whitaker, General Manager of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, Supervisor Don Knabe announced today.
For years, Los Angeles County has depended on imported river water from Northern California and from the Colorado River to replenish the groundwater. Imported replenishment water is not available for the foreseeable future and is not a reliable source due to long-term drought, increased demands, environmental restrictions and climate change. It is also costly and energy inefficient.
GRIP is critical because it will ensure that Los Angeles County continues to be able to sustainably draw upon groundwater supplies for drinking water.
“GRIP benefits all of us, as well as businesses, educational institutions and government offices,” said Supervisor Knabe. “This truly needs to be supported to authorize Federal assistance for the project in order to make this economically viable and to help relieve demand on imported river water.”