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McCarthy Calls for Increased Water Allocations for California Families and Farmers

Feb 13, 2019
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy led his California colleagues in sending letters to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation requesting a substantial initial water supply allocation to Central Valley Project contractors using authorities under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. Additionally, he and his colleagues from California also sent a letter to the California Department of Water Resources calling for an increase to the existing water supply allocation to State Water Project contractors given current hydrological conditions. McCarthy issued the following statement:

My colleagues and I remain committed to ensuring California’s families, communities, and agricultural producers receive the water they contract and pay for. The landmark WIIN Act of 2016 included the first reforms to California’s water policy in 25 years and helps guarantee water starts flowing to Californians and not the ocean. Fortunately, Mother Nature has responded in kind this wet season – delivering more rain that has filled our reservoirs and more snowpack in the mountains, which provides water throughout the year to our communities. Under the new law and given these conditions, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources should take action to maximize water allocations to our communities for this year.”

 

Background

  • On November 30, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an initial water allocation of 10% for State Water Project (SWP) contractors for the 2019 calendar year. Subsequently, DWR increased this initial allocation to 15% on January 25, 2019.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s initial allocation for Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors is usually released in February.
  • Under current practices, CVP and SWP contractors pay for 100% of the water they contract to receive. However, due to Federal and state environmental regulations, as well as hydrological conditions in California, they often receive a water supply allocation below 100% of their contracted amount.
  • A copy of the letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation can be viewed here and a copy of the letter to the California Department of Water Resources can be viewed here.

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