House Appropriations Committee Approves Spending Bill with Drought Provisions

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that includes measures led by Reps. David Valadao (R-Fresno) and Ken Calvert (R-Riverside) to address the California drought crisis.  The bill provides $37.4 billion in federal spending on national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, and energy and water infrastructure projects.

The bill also includes key provisions addressing the drought that includes delta pumping requirements and authorization to increase pumping to capture storm water runoff.  It also includes state water project offset and water rights protections outlined in H.R. 2898. In addition to protecting California State Water Project contractors if California revokes its consistency determination under environmental laws, the provision would preserve senior water rights both north and south of the delta.

The bill will next advance to the full House for approval.

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