Sonoma Supervisor Kelley set to lead statewide water group

NORTH BAY – North Sonoma County Supervisor Paul Kelley will become president of the Association of California Water Agencies in December, putting him at the helm of one of the key agencies shaping statewide water policy.

This is the first time anyone from the North Bay area has been president, which means there will be more attention to this area, said Brad Sherwood, public information officer of the Sonoma County Water Agency.

“This is a prime time year for ACWA and Paul,” he said, because of the passage of the $11 billion overhaul of the state's water system that includes the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.

“The bond has money slated for the North Coast,” he said. “There is almost $200 million for the region.”

Portions of the funding from the act will be allocated for critical salmon and habitat restoration and recycled water projects, including $45 million for North Coast Integrated Regional Management Planning, $138 million for the Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, $50 million for coastal salmon restoration projects to the California Coastal Conservancy, $50 million to the Coastal Conservancy for the Ocean Protection Act projects and $1 billon for statewide recycling.

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