Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) sent a letter with his California colleagues today to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their recent decision to maximize water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to California’s Central Valley and southern California during the current storms, consistent with the new California water law. The letter also requests that the agencies implement Section 4003 of Public Law 114-322 to continue to maximize pumping to capture storm water runoff entering the Delta, which will continue to occur for several days after the storms end. McCarthy released the following statement accompanying the letter:

“The bipartisan California water legislation signed into law last month already has the potential to help the people of California. With storms blanketing the northern regions of our state, regulators have the authority to increase pumping to the dry central and southern regions of California. We can’t miss this opportunity. Already, pumping has increased to the maximum capacity at the two pumping plants, bringing millions of gallons of water to those who need it. But the people of our state need more. Mother Nature is bringing the snow and rain. The law we passed last year finally allows us to make better use of these welcomed storms.”

Click here to read the full letter.

The full list of signees includes:

Congressman David Valadao (CA-21)
Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42)
Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25)
Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08)
Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10)
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39)
Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16)