Government Affairs

For more than 100 years, CVWD has been working to protect the water resources that are vital to a thriving Coachella Valley. To further that mission, CVWD employs a full-time Government Affairs Specialist as well as lobbyists in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to track policy and work on behalf of our customers. Here, you will find information regarding position letters the District has sent to members of the California legislature and Congress and other governing bodies whose activities affect CVWD and the way we operate to provide safe and reliable drinking water, sewer, and stormwater services.

The Legislative Platform outlines the priorities and positions CVWD’s Board of Directors has approved for the current legislative term. Throughout the year, the Board may also take additional steps to direct staff to oppose or support policy initiatives as they arise. 

Government Affairs Staff

2018.10 KJohnson headshotGovernment Affairs Specialist Kristen Johnson has been with CVWD since October 2017.  Prior to joining CVWD, she advised the Bureau of Reclamation as an Attorney-Advisor at the Department of the Interior for nine years in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Johnson attended Southern Illinois University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the states of California and Illinois.  She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  She has been a resident of the Coachella Valley since May 2017.

If you have questions regarding the District’s positions on a legislative or regulatory matter or to request the District take a position or action, please call 760.398.2651 x 3564. You may also email Ms. Johnson at

Government Affairs Documents

Position Statements & Letters

  1. 2020.09.18 CVWD SSA witness request for Salton Sea Hearing
  2. 2020.09.16 CVWD SB1159 veto request
  3. 2020.09.02 SB 1386 (Moorlach) - Coalition Ltr to Gov
  4. 2020.08.19 AB1672 Support
  5. 2020.08.10 AB3030 coalition Oppose Unless Amended
  6. 2020.07.21 AB 1720 Oppose Unless Amended coalition ltr
  7. 2020.07.15 SB1386 Coalition Ltr to Asm Local Govt
  8. 2020.07.09 Env. Approps - WIFIA Funding ltr
  9. 2020.06.09 CVWD AB3256 concerns
  10. 2020.06.08 S.2044 McSally Amendment support - Feinstein
  11. 2020.06.08 S.2044 McSally Amendment support - Harris
  12. 2020.05.05 SB1386 (Moorlach)- Coalition Ltr of Support
  13. 2020.04.10 COVID-19 relief package 4
  14. 2020-03-24 Covid-19 Phase 3 request - Ruiz FINAL
  15. 2020.03.21 H.R. 6201 Unfunded Leave Public Agency Letter
  16. 2020.03.17 State Water Contractors Coalition ltr re: Bond Priorities
  17. 2019.09.04 SB 1 Coalition Assembly Floor Alert
  18. 2019.09.04 SB 1 Coalition Letter to Atkins
  19. 2019.07.22 SB 1 Coalition Letter - Oppose Unless Amended
  20. 2019.07.19 AB 756 veto request
  21. 2019.07.12 SB1 coalition letter - ESA provisions
  22. 2019.07.09 CVWD PFAS chemicals concerns - House of Representatives
  23. 2019.06.11 SB 1 Coalition Letter Oppose Unless Amended
  24. 2019.06.10 HR 2313 Ruiz Request to Cosponsor
  25. 2019.06.10 AB 402 Oppose Unless Amended
  26. 2019.05.08 SB 1 Coalition Opposition Letter
  27. 2019.04.08 WateReuse CA coalition letter re: Title XVI-WIIN funding
  28. 2019.04.02 AB 533 Support letter
  29. 2019.04.02 AB 626 Support letter
  30. 2019.04.02 AB 1194 Oppose letter
  31. 2019.03.29 AB 1486 Oppose Letter
  32. 2019.03.26 DCP Support Letter - House Water Oceans and Wildlife subcommittee
  33. 2019.03.26 DCP Support Letter - Senate Water and Power subcommittee
  34. CVWD Board resolution supporting Salton Sea funding
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