California’s man-made water crisis is no secret to our communities. We have witnessed first-hand the land that has gone fallow and the joblessless that has resulted from restrictions on water pumping in the Delta. But yesterday, the House took action to put an end to our man-made drought and put families before a tiny fish. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, which I cosponsored, passed with both Democratic and Republican support and would get water flowing in our communities again.
In May of last year, I joined with Congressmen Devin Nunes and Jeff Denham to introduce this legislation, which would increase water supplies to the Central Valley by approximately 1.4 million acre-feet annually. Instead of that additional water getting lost to the ocean, we could irrigate almost 460,000 acres of farmland and potentially create up to 30,000 jobs. I spoke about this bill on the House Floor yesterday, and I wanted to share my remarks with you. To watch them, please click here.
I would love to hear back from you regarding this legislation and invite you to send me an email with your comments. To email me, click here.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy