El Dorado Irrigation District

01/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2018 18:34

EID General Counsel to Lead ACWA State Legislative Committee

Contact: Jesse Saich, Public Information Officer, (530) 642-4127, [email protected]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Placerville, Calif. - On January 3, 2018, EID General Counsel, Brian Poulsen, was appointed as chairman of the Association of California Water Agencies' (ACWA) State Legislative Committee.

ACWA is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its more than 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90 percent of the water delivered to cities, farms, and businesses in California.

The 40-member State Legislative Committee is comprised of four members from each of ACWA's 10 regions (EID is in Region 3) and sets official state legislative policy positions on behalf of the association.

ACWA State Legislative Relations Department advocates and analysts review relevant introduced and amended legislation and create policy analyses with accompanying recommendations. The committee reviews this information and approves positions on the legislation. The committee also provides recommendations to the ACWA Board of Directors on ballot measures and other major statewide policy issues.

'Brian's leadership in this committee solidifies EID's place at the statewide table regarding legislation that could affect our ratepayers,' said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. 'Brian's expertise in California water law and his position within this influential committee is a benefit to EID and its ratepayers.'

In addition to the State Legislative Committee, Poulsen also serves on ACWA's Legal Affairs Committee.

'I'm pleased to take up this honor,' said Poulsen. 'ACWA's committees are peopled with diverse members from all corners of California. The State Legislative Committee includes some of the brightest and most talented public servants in our industry and I'm proud to represent our region and add our collective voice to the mix.'

For more than a century, ACWA's mission has been to help its members promote the development, management, and use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost and in an environmentally responsible manner.

ACWA serves the water industry and the public by promoting local agencies as the most efficient means of providing water service; sharing reliable scientific and technical information; tracking and shaping state and federal water policy; advocating for sound legislation and regulation; and facilitating cooperation and consensus among all interest groups.