Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi Applauds Cancellation of Twin Tunnels, Urges Governor to Safeguard Delta

May 9, 2019
Press Release
Garamendi outlines his alternative water plan for California following the Governor’s decision to end the Twin Tunnels

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).

Garamendi represents over 200 miles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and has developed an alternative to the Twin Tunnels, called “Little Sip, Big Gup: A Water Plan for All of California,” that safeguards the Delta and prioritizes things like recycling and building new water storage instead of tunnel construction.

“I’m pleased that Governor Newsom has abandoned the Twin Tunnels boondoggle and decided to work with us in the Delta community to design a plan that works for all of California. I have spoken with the Governor directly about my alternative plan to meet California’s water needs while safeguarding the Delta. I look forward to working with the Governor to protect the Delta as the State now reviews alternatives to the defunct Twin Tunnels.”

A copy of Rep. Garamendi’s letter to Governor Newsom can be viewed here. Garamendi’s water plan can be read here. A video of Rep. Garamendi discussing this news on the House floor earlier this week can be viewed here.