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LaMalfa Votes to Streamline Permitting for Water Infrastructure

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act. This bill establishes the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) as the single lead agency to coordinate all reviews, analysis, and permitting of construction of new water infrastructure.

Costa Statement on Initial CVP Water Allocations

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the initial Central Valley Project 2017 Water Supply Allocation for Friant, Eastside and American River division contractors. Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement
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GOVERNOR BROWN TAKES ACTION TO BOLSTER DAM SAFETY AND REPAIR TRANSPORTATION AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

With extreme weather putting increasing stress on California's roads, bridges and flood control system, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a series of immediate and longer-term actions to bolster dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state's aging transportation and water infrastructure
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LaMalfa Blasts Order from the Secretary of Interior to Cut California’s Water Supply

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order instructing the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to release 250,000 acre-feet of water per year from California reservoirs to address the endangered Delta smelt population. This proposal would significantly cut Californians’ access to water stored in Lake Shasta and would negatively impact many families and farmers around the state

Valadao Introduces Legislation to Improve Western Water Reliability

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the first day of the 115th Congress, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize water policies throughout the entire Western United States, including in the State of California.

State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests.

DWR Commissions Its New Research Vessel; the Sentinel Will Beat Forefront of Water Quality

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today commissioned a new research vessel as a state-of-the-art replacement for the San Carlos, which since America’s bicentennial year has been monitoring water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and upper San Francisco Estuary.

Costa, Local Ag Leaders Urge Senate to Pass California Water Legislation

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and Valley water and agriculture leaders held a press conference to urge the United States Senate to support the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act with language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency

REP. THOMPSON STATEMENT ON INCLUSION OF CONTROVERSIAL CALIFORNIA WATER PROVISION IN THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE...

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the following statement today in response to the inclusion of a controversial California water provision in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN)

Rep. Peters Brings Resources to Enhance San Diego Water Security

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a bipartisan bill that will bring millions of dollars to the San Diego region to improve water security and drought mitigation. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, a comprehensive water bill that decides water infrastructure projects and policy for the next two years, authorizes projects in the San Diego region and allocates federal funds for water desalination, recycling, and storage projects to support drought-ridden southern California.

Rep. Huffman Slams McCarthy’s Last-Minute Effort to Attach Dangerous Provisions To Infrastructure Bill

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) today slammed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) last-minute attempt to attach a nearly 100 page amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The amendment, first made public today despite months of negotiations on WRDA, would gut science-based environmental and clean water protections to benefit McCarthy’s own district, while threatening jobs across the West Coast’s multi-billion dollar salmon industry.

Costa Applauds Introduction of Bill Language to Fix California’s Broken Water System

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Actwas introduced with language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency

Walters Supports WIIN Act, California Drought Language

U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement regarding the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act conference report, which authorizes resources for ports, waterways, and flood protection and importantly, includes long-overdue language to address the California drought

Northern California Members of Congress Urge Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water...

Reps. John Garamendi (CA-03), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Mike Thompson (CA-01) and Doris Matsui (CA-06), each of whom represent communities that would be severely impacted by the Governor’s California WaterFix, delivered a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources calling for responses to a recent cost-benefit analysis of the California WaterFix Tunnels project

DeSantis Asks Congress to Pass Water Infrastructure Bill

Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has joined 142 of his colleagues in sending a letter to House leadership asking them to immediately pass H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act. The full text of the letter can be found here.

House Moves One Step Closer to California Water Solution

Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage of the House Appropriations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations Committee Member Rep. David Valadao, and the California Republican delegation to deliver water to the Central Valley and southern Californian communities while protecting water rights

Rep. McNerney Sends Letter Calling for Fix to Water Infrastructure Projects Funding as Part...

Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) led their House colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the Chairs and Ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, urging the conference committee on the transportation reauthorization bill to include a provision that strikes the prohibition that bars municipalities from using tax exempt bonds toward Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) projects

Valadao Releases Statement on Feinstein Water Bill, Shasta Dam Study

The Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) Report comes just weeks after Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) offered an amendment to the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill which instructed the BoR to complete and submit feasibility studies for two dam creation proposals and three dam expansion projects, of which, included the Shasta Dam expansion.

Rep. McNerney Responds to Feinstein-Boxer Water Bill

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) issued the following statement in response to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introducing new legislation to address California’s drought problem. “I am very concerned about some provisions included in the bill that are similar to the House Republican water legislation that I strongly opposed. Responsible solutions that address short and long-term water shortages in the West should reflect input from all affected districts and their representatives without prioritizing certain economies or geographic regions at the expense of others

Rep. McNerney Takes ‘Smart’ Approach with Bipartisan Water Bill

 Following through on his call for bold, forward-thinking solutions to address California’s historic drought crisis, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced that he and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) have introduced bipartisan legislation to establish a smart water management pilot program meant to spur innovative projects. Rep. McNerney announced the Smart Energy and Water Efficiency Act at a roundtable discussion yesterday, in Stockton, CA, with technology innovators and representatives from the renewable energy, agriculture, business, and water recycling sector

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Napolitano’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Attack on Clean Water

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced a new proposal—claiming it to be pro-industry—which would weaken federal clean water rules, putting at risk the health and safety of millions of Americans