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McCarthy Statement on Newsom Administration Lawsuit on the Federal Biological Opinions

Nov 22, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest lawsuit that could stifle the flow of water to the Central Valley:

“I am extremely disappointed, but not surprised, by the Newsom Administration’s decision to initiate litigation against the recently finalized Federal biological opinions. The Newsom Administration’s rhetoric “to turn the page on old binaries” and toward a new inclusive water agenda is disingenuous, especially considering that state officials were in the room during the development of the Federal biological opinions. Two-thirds of Californians live below the Delta, and the Governor’s lawsuit threatens their ability to receive water from up north, and California’s own Sustainable Groundwater Management Act prohibits the pumping of water from the ground, further hurting California’s families. Collaboration using the best science available, not litigation, is the only way to turn the page on the water fights of the past. I urge the Governor not to succumb to special interests that oppose agriculture and development, and instead withdraw this litigation and work with all stakeholders toward common-sense solutions for both the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project that ensure our communities get the water we contract and pay for.”