Walnut Grove, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), former California State Senate Majority Leader and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, released the following statement on the State Legislature’s passage of a water bond, which is being designated as Proposition 1 on the November ballot:
“We are in the midst of a drought and will certainly face many more in the years ahead. It took extensive work from Governor Brown and his staff and bipartisan cooperation in the legislature to move us forward. Yesterday, in an attempt to help California meet our water needs, the California legislature overwhelmingly passed a $7.5 billion water bond. It makes investments in water infrastructure, and it does not include funding for the twin tunnels boondoggle.
“I have long advocated for smart investments in water infrastructure. My ‘Water Plan for All of California’ calls for investments in conservation, recycling, and storage. These are sound public policies.
“I have also called on lawmakers to reject funding for the twin tunnels, because they would harm the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, jeopardize senior water rights, and divert more than $25 billion of resources that are better spent on other water needs. While smart investments in water infrastructure would greatly expand California’s water supply, the twin tunnels would not add a single drop.”
Working with Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), Congressman Garamendi has co-authored legislation to authorize construction of Sites Reservoir in Colusa County and successfully advanced flood protection projects at the J Levee in Hamilton City and the Shanghai Bend Levee on the Feather River. A summary of all of these initiatives is available at http://garamendi.house.gov/water.