On behalf of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to call attention to one of the most significant events in many years affecting the future availability and uses of California's water resources. The event is the start this summer of the Bay-Delta Estuary hearings conducted by the State Water Resources Control Board.
The entire hearing process will be conducted in three phases over three years, with Phase I scheduled to start this month and run through December. Most of the hearings will take place up north, but for four days, Aug. 11 to 14, they will be at the Registry Hotel in Irvine, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.
I believe that quite possibly they may be the most important hearings concerning our county to have been held in the last decade and perhaps for the next 10 years as well.
The board is responsible for water quality and water rights throughout the state. During the hearings, the board will review all beneficial water uses, including fisheries, wildlife, recreation, salinity control and the exporting of water for municipalities, agriculture and industry.