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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Jun 1, 2020 Page

The long-troubled Klamath Basin is experiencing the most damaging water crisis in their history. 

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.
May 13, 2020 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) responded to California Governor Newsom’s lawsuit to deny Californians much-needed water in favor of growing salmon and smelt populations. A temporary court ruling, announced by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, granted a preliminary injunction to the state’s lawsuit, ultimately blocking the Trump Administration’s biological opinions.
Apr 10, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Donald Trump asking that he use his emergency powers to maximize water allocations to farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin, Sacramento Valley, and San Joaquin Valley. LaMalfa reiterates the importance of a domestically grown food supply as part of our national security.

Feb 21, 2020 Press Release
(Oroville, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after FEMA announced that it would provide an additional $113 million in reimbursements to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for costs associated with the main spillway at Oroville Dam. This additional funding essentially covers the complete cost of the main spillway, which nearly failed in early February 2017. Beyond costs associated with the main spillway, FEMA has spent about $150 million on disaster recovery, including debris removal and mitigation of the Feather River.
Feb 19, 2020 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the President and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited California to sign a Record of Decision formalizing biological opinions that would reduce water flushed to the San Francisco Bay and provide more water for wildlife refuges and California farmers’ irrigations systems.
Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Reclamation issued a $6 million grant for the Sites Reservoir Project.  

LaMalfa said: “Sites is a cost-effective project, providing much-needed storage. I’m happy that we were able to secure $6 million in additional funding for Sites as part of the $134 million granted for western water projects in the recent government funding package.”

Sep 12, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and will replace it with a new rule by the end of the year that provides more certainty for landowners and farmers across the nation.
Mar 7, 2019 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $205 million in federal funds to reimburse costs for the Oroville Dam spillway repairs, but deemed $306 million in spillway reconstruction as not eligible for federal reimbursement.
Feb 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and 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.