SB 134 (2019-2020) – Water Conservation: Water Losses: Enforcement
This bill prohibits the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) from imposing liability for a violation of the performance standards for the volume of water losses except as part of the enforcement of an urban water use objective.
SB 205 (2019-2020) – Business Licenses: Storm Water Discharge Compliance
This bill requires businesses to demonstrate enrollment with storm water discharge permits when applying for, or renewing, a business license with a city or county.
SB 273 (2021-2022) – Stormwater Capture and Diversion Authority
This bill authorizes municipal wastewater agencies to enter into voluntary agreements with entities responsible for stormwater management – including municipal, industrial, and commercial stormwater dischargers – to more effectively manage stormwater and dry weather runoff.
SB 552 (2021-2022) – Drought Resilient Communities Act
This bill improves drought preparedness for small and rural communities by making various changes to local drought and water shortage contingency plans and by enhancing coordination between local and state governments, small water suppliers, and rural communities.
SB 664 (2015-2016) – Water: Urban Water Management Planning
This bill requires an urban water supplier to include a seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan for their water system in their urban water management plan.
SB 606 (2017-2018) – Water Management Planning
This bill requires the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to adopt water efficiency regulations, outlines requirements for water suppliers, specifies penalties for violations, and makes technical, conforming changes.
SB 1215 (2017-2018) – Provision of Sewer Service:
This bill authorizes the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (regional boards) to order the provision of sewer service to a disadvantaged community that has inadequate onsite sewage treatment systems.
AB 2717 (2001-2002) – Water: Desalination
Requires the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to report to the Legislature on potential opportunities for the use of seawater and brackish water desalination in California, not later than July 1, 2004.
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CBS Eye to Eye
“In one way or another, in the public arena or the private sector, Hertzberg has worked in the water and energy world for the past four decades.”
Matt Williams, CA Municipal Utilities Assn.
Honors and Awards
West Basin Municipal Water District
Legislator of the year
Council for Watershed Health
Distinguished Service Award
California State Senate
Natural Resources and Water Committee
2017 to 2018
2015 to 2022
Subcommittee of Natural Resources and Water,
Water Future for the Century
2017 to 2018
California Ocean Protection Council, 2017 to 2018
California State Assembly
Select Committee on Underground Water Quality
2001 to 2002
District Securities Advisory Commission
State Treasurer's Office
San Francisco, California
1984 to 1988
Other Significant Activities
Negotiated August 1998 lining of (California) All American Canal agreement.
2001 negotiations on Colorado River settlement agreement.