Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 332 (03/05/2012).
Passed House of Representatives (vote count: 246/175)
House Floor debate scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, 2012. White House VETO threat (view here).
Passed House Natural Resources Committee (see committee materials here). Referred to full House for consideration.
Hundreds of businesses, organizations, and municipalities are supporting passage of H.R. 1837 (current list of support).
Since the construction of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), California’s water needs have grown dramatically while supplies have stayed virtually steady. In the past few years, we have seen massive economic damage inflicted by the capricious curtailment of water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley communities. (more)
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act’’. (more)
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act promotes water policies that facilitate the delivery of California’s abundant supply of water, as well as support the implementation of an economically feasible and environmentally sustainable river restoration on the San Joaquin River. This document provides a summary of the key provisions. (more)
Sec. 101 – Amendment to purposes
Amends § 3402 of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) (P.L. 102-575) by adding subsections (g) and (h) to include replacement of water dedicated to fish and wildlife purposes by the CVPIA by the year 2016 at a reasonably low cost and to facilitate and expedite water transfers as a purpose of the CVPIA. (more)
Distorted Water (Response to Opponents)
During the debate in Congress over the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, there have been a lot of excuses used to defend government-imposed water shortages. Many of the most troubling statements about our region have been posted on my YouTube Channel or are discussed in my blog. However, I prepared this document because it is important for us to understand the distortions used against reform and to respond to them with facts. (low resolution file)
Support from America's Opinion Leaders:
“GOP Congressman Devin Nunes of Fresno is trying to restore some certainty to farmers and sanity in the water wars.”
“Is sanity finally coming to California's Central Valley? America's breadbasket has long been victim of capricious water cutoffs to "save" the environment. A bill in Congress puts an end to this man-made drought. It should pass.”
“It’s highly unlikely but somewhere in America there may yet be a more heart-wrenching example of human misery caused by Big Green environmental extremism than the dust bowl that California’s Central Valley is becoming. Regardless, the House of Representatives has an opportunity today to put an end to the needless devastation wreaked upon America’s most fertile farmlands...”
FOX NEWS INVESTIGATES: The Government-Imposed Drought (video)
If you have questions about H.R. 1837, please call (202) 225-2523 or send Congressman Nunes a message by clicking here. Press inquiries please call (202) 281-8646.