I am writing in support of funding for the fish ladder at Casitas Municipal Water District. The federal government has imposed requirements that CMWD must abide by without the faintest idea as to where money would be coming from.
I have been involved in the water industry in Ventura County since 1974, serving both private and public sectors. I was one of the founders of the Association of Water Agencies in this county. It is very disturbing and unfair for a small water agency to have to bear the burden of financing an unfunded mandate. Should not a small water agency be given monetary support by the federal government when it is the federal government that finds problems that must be resolved and thus requiring funds that are not available? Could they not come up with an idea to help a small water agency find funds or offer even 50 percent?
Everyone realizes that water is becoming more and more scarce. Tightening the screws on CMWD is very unfair, especially when no part of the monetary requirement is being reimbursed by the feds. CMWD must continue to seek monetary help through the court system, since there seems to be no other way. It’s not easy to continue the fight, but giving up is easy!
— Mohammed Hasan, Ventura