Press Releases

Wolk honored for service to Contra Costa County

April 26, 2016

Recognized for work on the Delta, gun violence prevention, end of life and other issues

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County (DPCCC) honored State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) this weekend for her service to the county, the Third Senate District and the state.

Wolk received the 2016 Congressman George Miller Service Award at the group’s Third Annual Roosevelt Awards Dinner on Saturday.

Bill to protect state’s aquifers, groundwater moves forward

April 20, 2016

Wolk bill to provide safe drinking water to underserved communities also approved 

(SACRAMENTO, CA)–Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect California’s aquifers and groundwater resources from permanent damage due to overdraft was approved by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee today on a 5-2 vote. 

Wolk’s Senate Bill 1317 addresses a sharp increase in groundwater extraction through new and deeper drilling across the state during the drought, including water basins currently in critical overdraft. 

Bill supporting farmers’ efforts to combat climate change moves forward

April 19, 2016

Unanimous, bipartisan support for Wolk climate change measure

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– Senate Bill 1350 by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to support agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon in soil, trees and plants was approved on a 5-0 bipartisan vote of the Senate Committee on Agriculture today.

In My Own Words

San Francisco Chronicle: Time for Plan B to save the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta

April 07, 2016

By Lois Wolk

After years of spending millions of water ratepayer and taxpayer dollars on a flawed plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, it’s time to develop a realistic and cost-effective plan to save the delta and address the state’s water supply needs. It’s time for Plan B.

Davis Enterprise: Two good measures for state’s long-term health

October 26, 2014

By Lois Wolk

Since I first came to the Legislature in 2003, I have been focused on two big issues: water and budget reform.

I’ll admit it has been frustrating at times, on both fronts. Changing the status quo is never easy, especially when dealing with powerful entrenched interests that are skeptical of any change in a system they see as working just fine for themselves, even if not for the greater good.

Contra Costa Times: Delta-friendly water bond is a win for all of California

August 23, 2014

By Sen. Lois Wolk

Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and noncontroversial bond that could win voter support and address California's critical water needs, without threatening the Delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta tunnels.

Last week, after months of pushing and pulling and tough negotiating -- with an injection of leadership from Gov. Jerry Brown -- the Legislature finished that work and put a new $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.