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 10, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today spoke in support of a measure that would accelerate the development of new surface water storage facilities, including Sites Reservoir in Northern California. H.R. 5412, sponsored by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), streamlines the Bureau of Reclamation feasibility study process for surface water storage facilities by putting hard deadlines on study completion and authorizing construction of projects that are found feasible.

Mar 19, 2014 Press Release

Maxwell, CA – Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) and John Garamendi (D-CA-03) were joined today by local elected officials, water agencies, farmers and construction workers to announce a bill authorizing construction of Sites Reservoir in Northern California. Once built, Sites Reservoir will generate 1.9 million acre feet of new water storage for California, which still relies upon a water supply system designed decades ago for a much smaller population. The bill is the only bipartisan measure in Congress addressing California’s water crisis.        

Feb 11, 2014 Press Release

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February 11, 2014


Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on the introduction of a bill by Senator Feinstein intended to address California’s ongoing drought conditions:    

Feb 5, 2014 Press Release

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February 5, 2014



Oct 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of a water resources reform measure that streamlines environmental regulations, puts hard deadlines on studies and caps project review costs. The measure, H.R. 3080, passed on a 417-3 vote and will now be considered in a conference committee with the Senate.      

Apr 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) voted in favor of a measure he cosponsored to ease environmental red tape for new hydroelectric projects. Introduced with Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), HR 678 eliminates the National Environmental Protection Act review process for small hydroelectric generators installed on man-made canals and pipelines operated by the Bureau of Reclamation.