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Spencer Short new Regional Water Authority vice chairman

By: By Carol Feineman Of The Lincoln News Messenger
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Lincoln Councilman Spencer Short was elected Jan. 8 as the vice chairman of Regional Water Authority.

Regional Water Authority is a 25-member agency, which includes water agencies and city and private water companies in the Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and now Yuba counties, as of Jan. 8, according to Short.

The Regional Water Authority is a joint powers authority that serves and represents the interests of water providers and affiliated agencies, according to its website. The authority’s primary mission is to serve and represent regional supply interests and assist members with protecting and enhancing the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.

Short was also elected Jan. 8 to his third year on the nine-member executive committee that meets at least monthly to discuss major policy and legislative issues regarding water policy throughout the state.

“The Regional Water Authority was formed to give Greater Sacramento a greater voice to offset Southern California interests,” Short said. “We want to protect water interests locally.”

It’s important that Lincoln is part of the authority, according to Short, to be engaged in discussion affecting water policy issues on the local, state and federal levels.

 Those policies include new groundwater legislation intended to maintain sustainable groundwater yields, protecting surface water rights and advocating for improved infrastructure financing for major projects such as greater amounts of storage in the Sierras, according to Short.

For more information on the Regional Water Authority, call 967-7692 or visit rwah2o.org. To share concerns with Short, email him at sshort@ci.lincoln.ca.us.