Approximately two-thirds of California's water supply originates north of the Delta, a great portion of which is within the counties I represent. Northern California water users hold longstanding superior water rights, many of which predate the construction of either the Central Valley Project or State Water Project. As such, I will always fight to ensure our area of origin water rights are fully protected and enforced.

In Congress, I have been working hard to build new water storage, such as Sites Reservoir. If this project existed right now, we would be able to store nearly 280 billion gallons of water this year, enough to serve 6.3 million Californians. My legislation authorizing the construction of Sites, as well as language guaranteeing more water for the North State to protect us from water grabs, has been included in every water bill considered in Congress.

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More on Water

Oct 1, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the House passed/he voted in support of S.3758, which would make technical corrections the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to allow the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to use as much as $10 million annually to respond to severe drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. Specifically, this bill gives the Secretary of Interior more precise authority to use these funds and lays out specific examples of appropriate programs the funds can be spent on.
Aug 3, 2020 Press Release

(Dunsmuir, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) announced a $7,934,000 loan and a $2,285,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for the City of Dunsmuir. These funds will help replace and upgrade the water distribution system, including replacing 25,000 feet of troublesome, even failing, waterlines and 40 new fire hydrants. 

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), with Congressman LaMalfa’s support. This biennial legislation authorizes water projects across the United States, and reforms programs within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Office. Army Corps projects improve America’s ports and harbors, inland waterway navigation, levees, dams and other water-related infrastructure.
Jul 29, 2020 Press Release
(Klamath Falls, OR) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Bureau of Reclamation announced an initial $1.2 million investment in new science for the Klamath Project. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman visited the Klamath Basin on July 9 to meet with farmers, ranchers, community officials, and other stakeholders at the request of Congressman LaMalfa.
Jul 28, 2020 Press Release
(Paradise, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $3,440,574 to the Paradise Irrigation District as a result of damage incurred due to the Camp Fire in 2018.
Jul 16, 2020 Press Release
(Siskiyou County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) lacked the finances and experience to be the sole licensees of the four dams on the Klamath River. At PacifiCorp’s discretion KRRC may be a co-licensee, but PacificCorp would retain liability for the hydropower dams on the Klamath River. PacifiCorp previously announced they would seek to transfer the license to operate these dams to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, who would assume all liability and then oversee their removal. FERC’s July 16th Order states KRRC is “not equipped to handle” this project, and “has limited finances and no experience with hydropower dam operation or dam removal.”
Jul 10, 2020 Press Release
(Klamath Falls, OR) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa attended Klamath Water Users Roundtable with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, and other stakeholders in the Klamath Basin to discuss the bureaucracy-created disaster – this year’s last-minute reduction of Basin farmers’ water allocation from 140,000 acre feet in April to 80,000 acre feet in May. After Congressman LaMalfa continuously engaged with the Trump Administration, water allocations were restored to the April commitment, and the tens of thousands of acres of already planted crops would be able to survive the growing season. Congressman LaMalfa and Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) extended the invitation to Secretary Bernhardt and Commissioner Burman to visit the Basin for today’s events.
Jun 9, 2020 Press Release
(Modoc County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) released the following statement after today’s announcement from the Bureau of Reclamation that farmers in the Klamath Basin would receive the full 140,000-acre feet of water committed to them in April. In May, after locals spent more than $60 million to prepare for the growing season, their forecasted delivery was cut nearly in half to 80,000-acre feet. LaMalfa participated in the “Shut Down & Fed Up” rally with thousands of participants to spotlight the farmers’ need for their full water allocation, otherwise their already-planted crops would wither under the summer sun.
Jun 1, 2020 Page

After the successful "Shut Down & Fed Up" rally and hours of discussions with the Trump Administration, the water has been restored to Klamath Basin Farmers!

May 29, 2020 Press Release
(Modoc County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) will take part in a tractor convoy, where hundreds of tractors and other farm vehicles drive a route from Merrill to Midland, OR to bring national attention to the most damaging water crisis ever in the long-troubled Klamath Basin.