During a recent meeting with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and members of ECA’s Government Affairs and Political Action Committees, the association took the opportunity to endorse Sanchez in her upcoming bid for a California open Senatorial seat to replace Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring.

Wes May, acknowledged the Congress woman for her work on behalf of addressing California’s critical infrastructure needs. Congresswoman Sanchez has become a champion for water issues in Orange County by supporting numerous bills that improve the state’s water system and increase the deliverable water supply in Orange County. In the 111th Congress, she authored and introduced H.R. 383, a bill that would authorize additional federal support for the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment system. Congresswoman Sanchez’s bill was included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 and signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009.

On May 20, the Congresswoman, who represents California’s 46th Congressional District, commemorated National Infrastructure Week in a speech on the House floor. She discussed many of these issues with ECA members gathered to meet her. In part, she said “Our infrastructure is deteriorating at an alarming rate. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that our crumbling infrastructure costs families almost $3,400 a year in disposable income. When we take into consideration the increasingly high cost of living – especially back in my home of Orange County, California – we see that our families back home are footing the bill for our lack of investment.”

“As seen in Flint, Michigan, when infrastructure fails to provide clean water our communities suffer,” said Rep. Sanchez. “In my home state of California, a massive gas leak in Porter Ranch released 100,000 tons of methane gas into the air. These failed pipelines date back to the 1950s.”

“Nearly 68% of California’s roads are in poor or mediocre conditions, and almost 30% of California’s bridges have been recognized as structurally deficient,” said Rep. Sanchez. “And as California enters its fourth year of consecutive drought we’re seeing just how crucial water infrastructure dollars can be during times of turmoil.”

“When we invest in our infrastructure, we invest in our communities, we invest in jobs, and we invest in the future prosperity of our nation,” concluded Rep. Sanchez. During her tenure in Congress, Rep. Sanchez has successfully secured funds for numerous infrastructure projects in Orange County, including the Orange County Regional Water Reclamation Project, the world’s largest advanced reclamation project. To date, this project has recycled nearly 188 billion gallons of water, and continues to be flagship in water recycling. In mid-May, Rep. Sanchez led a letter with 16 members of the California delegation urging the House Appropriations Committee to fund $2.3 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program. This grant program would fund important transportation projects across California and in Rep. Sanchez’s district, including the proposed OC Street Car project in Santa Ana and Garden Grove.