Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Water

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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May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, sent a letter to Governor Newsom (D-CA) outlining his alternative water plan for California following the Governor’s decision to end the Twin Tunnels (California WaterFix Project).

March 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R.1764) to support local water infrastructure projects. Congressmen Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) are cosponsors.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) announced that the President signed his Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 357) into law as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S. 47).

March 4, 2019 In The News

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, introduced the Sites Reservoir Protection Act Thursday to provide federal support for the building of Sites Reservoir and other water infrastructures in the Central Valley.

The act, also known as House Resolution 1453, would direct the Bureau of Reclamation to complete a feasibility study for the project Colusa and Glenn counties. The proposed reservoir aims to provide 1.8 million acre-feet of off-stream water storage capacity for California and help local communities prepare for droughts, according to a news release.

March 4, 2019 In The News

North State congressmen from both sides of the political aisle announced a plan Thursday to help provide federal support for the construction of the proposed Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and Glenn counties.

March 4, 2019 In The News

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – On Thursday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Sites Reservoir Project Act, H.R.1453, to provide federal support for the construction of Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and Glenn counties. 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) is the bill’s original cosponsor.

March 4, 2019 In The News

Northern California congressmen are working together to provide federal support for the building of the Sites Reservoir.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, working with Republican Doug LaMalfa of the First District, have  introduced the Sites Reservoir Protection Act to support building the reservoir and other water infrastructures in the Central Valley.

February 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Sites Reservoir Project Act (H.R.1435) to provide federal support for the construction of Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and Glenn Counties. Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) is the bill’s original cosponsor.

February 28, 2019 In The News

A bill by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, to preserve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s cultural heritage and historical landmarks passed in Congress 363-62, according to a news release.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act, which aims to provide $10 million in federal funding over 15 years to support cultural and historical preservation as well as environmental conservation projects under a locally developed management plan, coordinated by California’s Delta Protection Commission.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) announced the House passage of the Sacramento-San Joaquin National Heritage Area Act. The legislation passed by a vote of 363 to 62.