“It makes no sense that we Californians flush water down the river when it rains and scratch our heads when we run in to a water shortage. It’s time to start thinking and planning ahead of a drought crisis. The bill introduced today provides emergency and long-term water supplies to families and farmers, increases our water storage capacity, and streamlines the permitting process for critical water recycling and reuse project approvals. Our current system of moving water from the North to the South is slow and ineffective; this bill fixes that so more water is pumped to Southern California during wet months for use in dry months. I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to get this bill signed into law.”
Rep. Royce is an original cosponsor of the Western Water and American Food Security Act, legislation that will alleviate the effects of the drought in California and the Western United States by ensuring that state and federal agencies use the best science available to maximize water utilization. The bill also requires regulators to provide empirical evidence of claimed disruptions in fish populations and mandates that all options are considered before contracted water that has been paid for is diverted in the ocean.
Additionally, the legislation will provide federal regulators with direction and flexibility to capture water during periods of heavier precipitation, maximizing California’s ability to build its water reserves.
Rep. Royce represents California’s 39th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.