Tuesday, December 20, 2016

LaMalfa: Water bill will bring relief to families, communities

From the north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa:
Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which addresses California’s water supply crisis, protects North State water rights, and authorizes Sites Reservoir along with eligibility for federal funding. This legislation passed the House on December 8, 2016 by a margin of 360-61 with Rep. LaMalfa’s support.

LaMalfa said: “Now that this legislation has become law, California’s families and communities will soon begin to receive the relief they so desperately need. With broad bipartisan support, this bill has taken years of hard work and compromise. Make no mistake, there is plenty of work left to be done, but the WIIN Act is a step in the right direction towards securing our state’s economic future while continuing to protect North State water rights.”

The WIIN Act is the first California water supply proposal to receive support from a majority of California’s congressional delegation, including Senator Dianne Feinstein. This legislation protects North State water rights by implementing language to ensure any additional water provided South of the Delta is not taken from North State allocations, as well as requiring a greater portion of South of Delta water supplies be diverted and stored during winter storms, when doing so does not impact North State supplies. The House amendment to S. 612 also allocates $335 million in federal funding toward surface water storage projects, such as Sites Reservoir, and ensures businesses impacted by new storage projects are compensated fairly and given an opportunity to construct replacement facilities on federal land.
Here is my story on Obama's signing of the bill on Friday. The full text of the bill is here.

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