ACWA Statement on Confirmation of David Hayes as Deputy Interior Secretary

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today on the confirmation of David Hayes as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior:

"ACWA applauds the action by the Senate yesterday to confirm David Hayes as Deputy Secretary of Interior.

"We all know that California's water system is in crisis. Key to any solution is a strong continued partnership between California and the federal government. David Hayes is an ideal person for this job. He understands California water and can hit the ground running, which is exactly what we need in California."

Hayes served as deputy interior secretary in the last three years of the Clinton administration. He led the Obama Administration's natural resources transition team.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 450 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit

Contact Information: Contact: Jennifer Persike ACWA Director of Strategic Coordination and Public Affairs 916/441-4545 916/296-3981 (cell)