California is enduring its worst drought in 1,200 years, and a growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions. Although this challenge is not new to the arid West, it is compounded by a complex and often contradictory set of laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and federal level that are failing the needs of both people and species.
California’s water system is one of the most sophisticated in the world and has served as a catalyst for economic prosperity. The pioneering approach has since been abandoned and the effects have devastated our communities, threatened our food security, and have placed undue burden on our environment.
THE WESTERN WATER & AMERICAN FOOD SECURITY ACT
This bill would rebalance water policies in California and the West. Requiring federal and state agencies to use better science, and rooting their regulatory decisions in that new science will provide more water provided to our parched communities. It also enacts permitting reforms aimed at building infrastructure to capture water for human and species. This would enable the movement and storage of water throughout California to better prepare for future droughts, so that the great frontier can continue to grow.
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LOS ANGELES TIMES: GOP introduces drought relief bill, key step in reopening water debate in Congress
THE HILL: House GOP pushes bill on California drought
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: California Republicans propose drought relief bill
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Here’s House Republicans’ Plan To Fight California’s Drought
USA TODAY EDITORIAL: “Moving more water south to parched farms and communities would help save jobs, protect food supplies and preserve groundwater.”
NEW YORK TIMES: California Imposes First-Ever Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought
MCCARTHY PRESS SHOP: Water Bill Passes out of Natural Resources Committee
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: Committee Passes Legislation to Alleviate Drought Impacts in California and the West
LEADER MCCARTHY IN USA TODAY: Californian can grow greater still if we’re smart about water
LEADER MCCARTHY IN LA TIMES: Water bill is no ‘big-government boondoggle’
THE HILL: MCCARTHY: GOP drought bill better than ‘punitive conservation push’