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I’ve lived in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community of Walnut Grove for more than three decades, and I understand that sound water management is required to make Northern California prosperous. I have been a leading opponent of the twin tunnel boondoggle, formally known as California WaterFix, which has the potential to destroy the Delta. I am also strongly opposed to rolling back state and federal environmental laws in order to pump more water to the San-Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

I believe it is possible for California to solve its water problems, but the Delta and Northern California communities must be at the table, and it will take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach. We must prioritize storage like Sites Reservoir, conservation, recycling, levee improvements, and habitat restoration. Any water plan without these elements is incomplete at best. You can view my Water Plan for All of California here

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October 28, 2020 Press Release

Davis, CA.—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced his major accomplishments for the 116th Congress (2019-2020), including 3 bills signed into law, $2,300,000 in earned but previously unpaid federal benefits to his constituents and over $1,800,000 for 3rd District veterans. In Washington, he works on issues crucial to California and our country's economy and national security.

October 16, 2020 Press Release

Lake County, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) submitted a formal comment letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing the proposed removal of Scott Dam at Lake Pillsbury. This proposal has been issued over the objections of Lake County residents as part of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) divestment of the Potter Valley Hydropower Project.

September 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) introduced the “WIFIA Improvement Act” (H.R.8217) with the following original cosponsors: Representatives TJ Cox (D-CA21), Jim Costa (D-CA16), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA01), Josh Harder (D-CA10), and Dan

July 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure whose district includes 200 miles of the Sacramento River and is adjacent to several major ports, secured key provisions in the “Water Resources Development Act of 2020” (

July 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the inclusion of the Sites Reservoir Project in Governor Newsom’s final 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio.

July 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, whose district includes 200 miles of the Sacramento River and is adjacent to several major ports, secured key provisions in the “Water Resources Development Act of 2020” (

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Jim Costa, Josh Harder, TJ Cox and John Garamendi (all D-Calif.) today called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and California Governor Gavin Newsom to maintain coordination of operations between the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who represents the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Congress, sent a letter to Director Karla Nemeth of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) objecting to the agency’s lack of consideration of the “western route” for the new Delta Conveyance Project.

February 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, sent a letter to California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld, and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, advocating for the Sites Reservoir Project—an off-stream reservoir—and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Governor Newsom’s Wat

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA03), Josh Harder (D-CA10), Jim Costa (D-CA16), and TJ Cox (D-CA21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued the following statement after the State of California released its voluntary agreement framework to water users: