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Rep. Valadao Releases Statement on BOR Water Allocations

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Washington, March 21, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Despite an abundance of precipitation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announced today it expects to deliver only sixty five percent of contracted water allocations for South-of-Delta Central Valley Project agricultural contract water districts.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announced water allocations for San Joaquin Valley agricultural service contractors who receive water through the Central Valley Project (CVP).

Despite an abundance of precipitation, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announced today it expects to deliver only sixty five percent of contracted water allocations for South-of-Delta Central Valley Project agricultural contract water districts.

In response to the announcement, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is no surprise. Over the last several years, naturally occurring dry conditions in the State of California have been exacerbated by government bureaucracy and environmental regulations that prevent water deliveries through the Delta. But it is incredibly disappointing that even when we have high amounts of precipitation, water deliveries are still not at one hundred percent.

Approximately half of California’s water is consumed by environmental regulations. In addition to flushing precious water out to sea, these regulations prevent the construction and repair of water infrastructure projects throughout the State. With sufficient water infrastructure, water from storms, such as those we experienced this winter, could be captured to satisfy all contractual obligations, and stored for dry years.

Families, farmers, and entire communities throughout California have suffered for too long under this man-made drought. Today’s announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes the need for legislative action at the federal level.
While we were able to implement temporary provisions during the 114th Congress, a complete and long term agreement is still needed. My bill, H.R. 23, the GROW Act will enact policies to expand our water infrastructure and allow for more water conveyance while protecting the water rights of users across the state.

H.R. 23 must be passed to eliminate burdensome federal regulations and provide desperately needed investments in our water infrastructure. Congress must come together to provide Californians with the relief they so gravely need.”

The complete allocation announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation can be found here.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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