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Coalition response…Water transfers are not allowed to take place without a rigorous review of potential impacts on area-of-origin water users, groundwater, environmental resources and more. These regulations require that no negative impacts may result from proposed transfers. Individuals and organizations that insist any transfer will deplete local water supplies should be aware that safeguards are already in place to address their concerns. Public participation in California water policy is important. Communication with local irrigation and water districts is an important first step because locally elected boards have the responsibility to oversee the decisions that affect their constituents. Short-term water transfers have proven time and time again to provide benefits to both buyers and sellers by moving water from areas of abundance to areas of need and infusing outside capital into local areas to upgrade and maintain infrastructure without raising local taxes or water costs.