Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed a so-called drought relief bill that wouldn’t create any new water but would weaken the Endangered Species Act, gut environmental protection laws, and put commercial fishing jobs at risk. The Western Water and American Food Security Act (H.R. 2898) has drawn opposition from a number of groups and President Obama has promised to veto the bill.
Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he cosponsored to address the water supply crisis impacting California and across Western states. HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, sponsored by Rep. Valadao (R-CA), LaMalfa, and two dozen bipartisan cosponsors, passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 245-176 and will now be considered by the Senate.
the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, of which Rep. Costa is an original cosponsor, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 245-176. Rep. Costa’s amendment to increase accountability for environmental water flows was adopted as part of the final bill
Water Commission Adopts Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance; Public Comment Helped Shape Revisions
New California yards and commercial landscaping installed after December 1, 2015 will use up to a third less water on average under the rules of a model landscape ordinance adopted today by the California Water Commission. The revised ordinance will not apply to existing lawns and landscapes unless they are modified significantly after December 1.
Rep. Costa offered three amendments before the Rules Committee, in a continued effort to improve H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, of which he is an original co-sponsor. The amendments offered would increase storage at Lake McClure by providing a process to raise the spillway gates of New Exchequer Dam, would utilize existing National Guard resources to assist communities impacted by the drought and would increase accountability for environmental water flows
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today spoke on the House floor about theWestern Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, which will be in front of the House for a vote later this week.
The Department’s award-winning “Californians Don’t Waste – Save Water in Your Home” exhibit in the Counties Building offers fairgoers hands-on demonstrations of simple ways to save water in their kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. A companion outdoor garden exhibit in the State Fair’s Farm section offers equally simple tips to increase landscape irrigation efficiency, including how to keep shade-giving trees alive during drought
Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Ranking Democrat on the Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee today led the effort to oppose a divisive, flawed, and cynical House Republican water bill that does not create new water and would do nothing to alleviate the effects of California’s record drought.
California State Parks continues implementing water conservation measures within its state park system. Effective July 15, all state parks and beaches will shut off outdoor rinse stations. “California is facing extremely severe drought conditions,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat.
Recognizing that water recycling is a critical part of a larger, comprehensive approach to addressing California’s drought crisis, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today announced that he would introduce legislation calling on Congress to authorize 27 additional regional water recycling projects. To highlight this announcement, Rep. McNerney toured Delta Diablo, the site for one of the water recycling projects he believes needs to be authorized
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities announces a Spare the Water Alert through July 3, 2015. Spare the Water Alerts are typically declared when three consecutive days of 100+ degree temperatures are forecasted. However, with these extreme temperatures over the week, the City is asking customers to cut back on their non-essential water use, only water on their scheduled watering days, and to water only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the introduction of new California water legislation. H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 achieves four main goals: it moves water through the Delta, creates a path for new storage, protects the State Water Project, and preserves water rights.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today released the following statement on the new House Republican water bill: “It’s unfortunate that House Republicans – with much fanfare – are rolling out a bill that is the same-old, same-old and will only reignite the water wars.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the introduction of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, a comprehensive plan to reevaluate and renew California's current water infrastructure
Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department, released the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, a bill from House Republicans that would significantly impact western water law
Rep. Jim Costa joined Rep. David Valadao in introducing H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. This legislation, which will make more water available to families, farmers, and communities, will modernize water policies in California and throughout the entire Western United States.
The grants will help California respond to the immediate drought while building resiliency to cope with future droughts and climate change. They are DWR’s first grants using proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program for combating climate change.
This year the State of California has mandated that properties cut water usage by at least 20-percent – a large undertaking for some companies and brands that might have to make major overhauls to landscaping and water usage in prospective properties. Unire Real Estate Group, with its more than 35-million square feet of managed property, has been working diligently with tenants, clients and landscapers to develop and implement new watering strategies, as well as replace existing planting with drought
U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $730,000 water conservation grant for Los Carneros Water District. The grant will go towards funding the water district’s Irrigation Efficiency Partnership Project. The funds are part of a $6.5 million Department of Interior grant package for more efficient management of California’s water.
The Proposition 1 water bond is legislation for all California citizens, including Native American Tribal Governments that are eligible grantees for funding under this initiative. This week, several state agencies will host a forum to share information about the $7.45 billion general obligation bond approved by voters last November and designed to improve the state’s water supply, quality and infrastructure.