Carbajal to Announce Water Infrastructure Legisation with Local Water Districts

Santa Barbara, CA – On Monday, April 23rd, Rep. Carbajal (CA-24) will announce the introduction of the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability (WIRSA) Act. The bill establishes an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant program for communities to improve the resiliency and adaptability of their water-related infrastructure.

Competitive grants will spur projects which conserve water or increase efficiency in its use, preserve or improve water quality, rebuild or relocate threatened infrastructure, protect source waters and ecosystems, and implement advanced treatment technologies such as water reuse and recycling.

“Natural disasters, like the one we experienced during the Montecito Debris Flow, show us the importance of building resilient infrastructure as we grapple with the effects of climate change and an ongoing drought crisis,” said Rep. Carbajal. “This legislation will provide critical support to local agencies and governments choosing to be proactive and undertaking projects that strengthen their water infrastructure’s adaptability as the impacts of climate change continue to become more severe.”

Congressman Carbajal will host a Water Infrastructure Roundtable to announce the introduction of the bill.


Water Infrastructure Roundtable to announce Water Infrastructure Resiliency Sustainability Act


Rep. Salud Carbajal

Water District Representatives

Rose Hess, City of Buellton

Bob McDonald, Carpinteria Valley Water District

John McInnes, Goleta Water District

KK Holland, Goleta Water District

Jaime Vidales, City of Guadalupe

Loch A. Dreizler, Mission Hills CSD

Shad Springer, City of Santa Maria

Matt van der Linden, City of Solvang

Joe Barget, Vandenberg Village CSD

Chris Brooks, Vandenberg Village CSD

Joshua Haggmark, City of Santa Barbara

Chris Dahlstrom, Santa Ynez River Conservation District


Monday, April 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00pm


City of Santa Barbara Building

Water Resources Conference Room on 3rd Floor

619 Garden St. Santa Barbara, CA


Visitor parking is located across the street at 630 Garden Street (on the eastern side of the Public Works/Community Development building).There may also be parking available on either side of the street.


Click here to read the text of the bill.  

The event is open to press, please RSVP to to attend.

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