Protecting California's Water Laws

Feb 27, 2012
By Andy Kelley

Congressman John Garamendi represents California’s 10th Congressional District and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee.

As early as this Wednesday, Congress is voting on a dangerous bill that would turn upside down 150 years of California water law. H.R. 1837, the so-called San Joaquin Water Reliability Act, removes all environmental protections for the Delta and Central Valley rivers while allowing destructive exports of water from the Delta to politically-connected special interests.

We can stop this bill, but we need your help. Please call your Representative today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote no on H.R. 1837 to bring this bill back to the drawing board.

As President Clinton’s former Deputy Interior Secretary and as a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I’m intimately familiar with California water policy. I learned long ago that water storage and water recycling are important components of water policy, and it’s possible to craft a balanced approach that satisfies the needs of farmers, fishermen, cities throughout the state, and environmentalists.

However, H.R. 1837 isn’t a balanced approach. If it were implemented, it would destroy waterways throughout Northern California and it would take away California’s ability to control our own water destiny.

We must stop H.R. 1837. Please call your Representative today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 1837.

Thank you,
Congressman John Garamendi



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