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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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.
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:
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.
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.
Washington, DC - Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he cosponsored to address the water supply crisis impacting California and across Western states. HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, sponsored by Rep. Valadao (R-CA), LaMalfa, and two dozen bipartisan cosponsors, passed with bipartisan support on a vote of 245-176 and will now be considered by the Senate.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, legislation he cosponsored to address the historic water supply crisis afflicting California and much of the American West. The proposal carefully respects North State water rights and addresses the current crisis while also preparing for future water supply needs. The measure passed with bipartisan support on a 23-12 vote and will now be considered on the House floor.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), and two dozen lawmakers of both parties today introduced a bill to modernize water policies in California and throughout the entire Western United States with the support of the entire California Republican delegation, the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Chairman of the Western Caucus.