McCarthy, Fuller, and Fong urge greater allocation to State Water Project contractors
11:34 AM, Apr 14, 2017
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senator Jean Fuller, and Assemblyman Vince Fong led members of the U.S. House of Representatives, California State Senate, and California State Assembly on a written request asking that California state agencies increase the allocation to State Water Project contractors for this water year given the current wet hydrology in the state and enactment of Federal legislation, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The letter was sent to California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and California Department of Water Resources Acting Director William Croyle.
This letter is sent following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement of a 100 percent allocation for Central Valley Project contractors, while the State Water Project contractors’ allocation remains at 60 percent despite the historically wet winter California has experienced. Governor Brown even declared last week that California’s drought emergency is over.
McCarthy, Fuller, and Fong released the following statement on the letter:
“After years of relentless drought that hurt our neighbors and our communities, California has been blessed with an abundance of rain and snow this year. During those very dry years it was frustrating that water deliveries were reduced. This year, on the heels of Governor Brown lifting the drought emergency, there is simply no justification for the continued curtailment of water deliveries. We strongly urge the state agencies to hear the Governor’s words and deliver much-needed and contracted water to our communities, especially since Delta exports significantly increased this year – a result of both increased regulatory flexibility provided by the WIIN Act and recent storms our state has experienced.”