Water

Water

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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Sep 20, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement following consideration of his amendment to improve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' understanding of sediment-related hazards by studying the failures of the Condit Dam removal project. 

Aug 30, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after submitting comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) related to its plan to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed removal of four hydroelectric dams located along the Klamath River. Three of these facilities, Iron Gate, Copco 1, and Copco 2, are located in Siskiyou County within California's 1st Congressional District. The fourth dam, J.C.

Aug 6, 2021 Press Release

(Chico, CA) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Hyatt Power Plant at Lake Oroville official stopped making power today.  Hyatt can make up to 900 megawatts and typically produces 450 megawatts of power, enough to power 800,000 homes.  Because of low water levels, only 10 megawatts had been produced in recently. Today the power plant went offline as the lake’s water level sank to one of the lowest levels on record.
 

Aug 6, 2021 Press Release

OROVILLE – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) joined forces today at Lake Oroville to demand urgent action to address the gross mismanagement of the state’s water, power, and wildlands. The lawmakers spoke to the media above the Hyatt Power Plant, which will soon stop generating electricity for the first time in history due to low water levels at Lake Oroville.

Jul 26, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the US Bureau of Reclamation followed through with a their commitment to $15 million in drought relief for the Klamath Basin.  The funds come after LaMalfa and former congressman Walden secured an important funding authorization change in the last Congress to ensure project farmers could receive the aid.  LaMalfa personally spoke to Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland regarding expediting the funds. 

Jul 26, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after leading a letter with colleagues to Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to call for immediate action on the drought crisis that is impacting communities across the West.

Jul 22, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after releasing a series of four videos shot on location in Siskiyou County, including one of Congressman LaMalfa personally bulldozing illegal grow houses. The videos are an effort to raise awareness of increasing organized crime infiltrating rural California to set up illegal marijuana grows to export the drug to other states.  Nothing about these grows are legal under California law or county ordinances.

Jul 12, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued an additional statement on Governor Newsom’s executive order calling on all Californians to reduce water use by an additional 15%.

Dec 8, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after the House passed S.1811, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a voice vote. 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.
Nov 17, 2020 Press Release
(Siskiyou County, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after California Governor Gavin Newson, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Karuk and Yurok Tribal Leaders, and PacifiCorp announced that they will be moving forward with the removal of four Klamath River Dams. In their new agreement, California and Oregon will partner with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) to assume liability for the dam removal project, transferring the license to operate the dams from PacifiCorp. This comes after a July announcement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that KRRC would not be able to be a sole licensee on the project because it “has limited finances and no experience with hydropower dam operation or dam removal.”

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