House Maj. Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks on vote for California's water infrastructure improvement

Posted at 11:18 AM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 16:33:16-05

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

This bill includes provisions that deliver water to California's parched communities and authorizes projects that will update our water infrastructure. It will now move to the Senate for consideration. 
Non-native predatory fish in the Stanislaus River will be test-targeted for elimination. New Melones reservoir storage could expand. Money would flow to water recycling projects in cities such as Sacramento and San Luis Obispo and to desalination projects like ones proposed for Southern California.
"While these temporary drought provisions will not solve our water crisis, I am encouraged by their inclusion ... and will continue to fight until a permanent solution is achieved," Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) said Wednesday.