Wilk Bill Providing Transparency to the State Water Resources Control Board Passes Committee Unanimously

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday Assemblyman Scott Wilk's (R- Santa Clarita) bill requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to post on their web site the external peer review studies when a regional board imposes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on a community, passed out of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee with a 7-0 vote.

“AB 1707 would require the State Water Quality Resource Control Board to post a copy of the external scientific peer review to their website – a website that already exists,” said Wilk.

Assembly Bill 1707 will alleviate concerns regarding the assessment of and access to the scientific peer review for TMDLs, and will implement a more effective strategy through mandatory reporting of the peer review and mandatory online availability for interested parties. It is important that sound science be employed before requiring ratepayers to fund these mitigations and AB 1707 will be an incremental step in accomplishing that goal.

“This web site clearinghouse will provide greater transparency and accountability for boards that are un-elected.” said Wilk. “It's a positive first step that moves us in the right direction.”