Friday, December 16, 2016

Group cheers Obama's signing of Calif. drought relief bill

President Obama has signed the compromise bill that will provide $558 million for drought relief for California. Western Growers is pleased that he has done so. They write:
Statement by Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif in response to President Obama’s signature on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN):

“Even though it has taken us a while to get to this point, we are pleased that Congress has finally passed, and the president has signed into law, legislation that provides a measure of drought relief to rural communities and urban residents throughout California.

Thanks to three years of hard work and dedication by Senator Feinstein, House Majority Leader McCarthy, and our champions in the House, including Congressmen Calvert, Costa, Denham, Nunes and Valadao, we can now begin bringing aid to the thousands of businesses and millions of lives that have been devastated by a combination of Mother Nature and broken policies governing California’s water system.

We urge all stakeholders to recognize that the language in this law is the product of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations that provide temporary improvements to the operations of the Delta pumping plants while maintaining the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. With California’s winter rainy season already upon us, it critical that we not prevent the reasonable diversion of all available runoff to storage.

Finally, we encourage Congress to continue working together – and with the new administration – during the next session to complete negotiations around longer-term, more permanent solutions to California’s water crisis.”
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