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

Jun 10, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Doug LaMalfa and 14 other members of the California delegation in the House today urged the Obama administration to reject proposals from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), which would drastically cut Californians’ access to water stored in Lake Shasta.
May 31, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in United States Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes, affirming that landowners have the right to seek judicial review of government designations of private property as Waters of the United States (WOTUS).
May 26, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today supported an amendment to include the entirety of the House’s California drought relief bill (HR 2898) in a Senate bill, forcing any conference committee to consider the bill.
May 2, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Doug LaMalfa ‎(R-CA) today participated in the groundbreaking of the Hamilton City J-Levee project, which will replace 6.8 miles of 110-year old levee to protect Hamilton City's 2,000 residents from flooding. The project has received over $30 million in Federal funding and is slated to receive an additional $8.5 million in the 2017 federal budget. Following passage of the 2017 federal budget, the project will have 90% of required funding on hand.
Mar 16, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the House Committee on Appropriations to defund lawless federal regulation of agricultural work, such as plowing fields, planting seeds, and harvesting crops.
Feb 29, 2016 Press Release
Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today participated in a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water & Power, which examined the impact of drought on California’s water supplies for the coming year.
Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today released the following statement regarding his vote against the $1.1 trillion spending package to fund the government through September 2016.

“We knew going in that Speaker Ryan was working to make the best of the bad hand he was dealt when he was chosen to lead the House. However, I could not support the final product of negotiations.

Dec 15, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman LaMalfa released the following statement after the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated a federal law in promoting the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation by engaging in covert propaganda and grassroots lobbying to support the rule: 

Oct 16, 2015 Page

The 2016 water year started on October 1st, and recent studies show that the six main reservoirs of the Central Valley Project are running perilously low. The reservoirs are only at 24% of their total capacity– a combined 200,000 acre-feet below where they started the water year in 2015. That's enough water to supply Sacramento for two years. In fact, half of the reservoirs don't even have 20% of their capacity – San Luis has less than 10% of its federal water capacity.

Jul 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commented on Senator Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) introduction of a drought relief bill and the Bureau of Reclamation’s release of the final feasibility study of a proposed raise of Shasta Dam.