I’ve lived in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community of Walnut Grove for more than three decades, and I understand that sound water resource management is required to make Northern California prosperous. I have been horrified by proposals by Republicans in Congress that would throw California’s economy into complete chaos by eroding California’s ability to guide its own water destiny. I have also sounded the alarm against a 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) conveyance facility being proposed by some state and federal lawmakers that could wreak havoc on the Delta and the jobs it sustains and put existing water rights in the Delta and Northern California at risk.
I believe it is possible for California to solve its water problems, but the Delta and Northern California counties must be at the table, and it will take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach, not just a piece of plumbing in the Delta. We must address the needs of all Californians by prioritizing storage, conservation, recycling, levee improvements, and habitat restoration. Any water plan without these elements is incomplete at best.
For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of Water, please contact my Washington, DC office.
I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a longtime opponent of the California WaterFix who served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, critiqued language in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment appropriations bill that would prohibit state and federal judicial review of the Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Impact Report for California WaterFix:
Washington, D.C. – In their ongoing work to improve access to safe and reliable water, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), and Tom McClintock (R-CA-4) introduced H.R 5726, the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act, in the House of Representatives today. If enacted, the bipartisan legislation would resolve a technicality that impedes structural and operational improvements of water reservoirs and prevents reservoirs from functioning as efficiently as possible.
California’s 3rd Congressional District—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D—Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) spent the day meeting with constituents in Lake and Colusa counties:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), who represents the majority of the lower Yuba River, submitted public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. The study, which was authorized by Congress, looked at various projects to improve the lower Yuba River ecosystem. In its draft report, the Army Corps of Engineers suggested various habitat restoration projects along the river corridor.
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For the 3rd Congressional District, water is life. Our rich agricultural lands feed the state, the nation, and the world. Our treasured rivers, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Clear Lake, and other bodies of water sustain and beautify our communities.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmembers John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale, CA) sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeking clarification on the agency’s authority to provide public funding for repairs of the Oroville Dam and its spillways. The State of California has requested FEMA to reimburse 75% of the estimated $870 million price tag, but in previous correspondence with Congress, FEMA has expressed ambiguity over whether it has the authority to fund these type of repairs.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), whose constituents were forced to evacuate during the Oroville Dam crisis in February 2017, submitted formal comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting a delay in the relicensing of the Oroville Facilities Project. The full letter is available here.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), who represents many communities that were evacuated in February owing to the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident, issued the following statement in response to the final report issued on event by the Independent Forensic Team:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) introduced an amendment to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to conduct a supplemental environmental review for the Oroville Dam and its related facilities before relicensing the dam. The last environmental review was finished in 2007, and no new one has been made since the spillway suffered significant structural damage earlier this year.