Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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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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November 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sent a bipartisan letter to the White House, co-signed by 38 other members of California’s House delegation, requesting that the President waive any requirement that the State of California or local governments match federal disaster relief with state or local funds for recent wildfires in California.

November 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded the announcement of a $449 million federal grant to support the Sites Reservoir Project. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, and is the single largest award in the program’s history.

October 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman John Garamendi is hailing the the reactivation of the Lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The study, which was suspended in 2015, will help determine the most fiscally and environmentally responsible method of protecting against the risk of flooding from the Lower Cache Creek.

Funding to conduct the study was secured by Garamendi in conjunction with Woodland city officials as a part of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (Water Resources Development Act) expected to be signed into law soon.

October 23, 2018 In The News

DENVER  — President Donald Trump has ordered the government to streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on four major water projects in the western United States and specifically targeted the Central Valley Project.

Trump signed a memorandum Friday aimed at the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, the Klamath Irrigation Project in Oregon and the federal Columbia River system in the Pacific Northwest.

October 23, 2018 In The News

Ask any environmental policy expert and they’ll tell you that water rights, water supply and water quality initiatives are complicated and contentious issues in California.

Those issues are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

October 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who represents over 200 miles of the Sacramento valley, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s memorandum seeking to slash environmental protections for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order benefit Central Valley interests:

October 18, 2018 Press Release

WOODLAND, CA- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who represents over 200 miles of the Sacramento valley, applauded the reactivation of the Lower Cache Creek Feasibility Study by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The study, which was suspended in 2015, will help determine the most fiscally and environmentally responsible method of protecting the City of Woodland against the risk of flooding from the Lower Cache Creek. Funding to conduct the study was secured by Mr.

September 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Water Resources Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject a request by the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA), the financial agency for the disastrous twin tunnels project, for a $9.8 billion loan under the Water Infrastructure, Finance, and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program.

July 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sent a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation urging it to allocate $37.4 million for Sites Reservoir in fiscal year 2019. The letter was signed by 16 other Democratic members of the California Congressional delegation.

July 24, 2018 Press Release

Congressman John Garamendi Hails Award of $816 million in Proposition 1 Funding to Sites Reservoir
 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded today’s decision by the California Water Commission to award $816 million in Proposition 1 funding to Sites Reservoir.