From Congressman Devin Nunes Today!
A letter RE: CVP
Improvement Act of 1992
Policies pushed by environmental extremists have now taken deep root in the
Central Valley, especially due to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of
1992 (the George Miller/Bill Bradley bill), destructive court rulings based on
the Endangered Species Act, and the San Joaquin River Settlement of 2009. The devastating
results of these policies are now undeniable – the Valley is suffering from a
permanent government-made drought.
A bill that would have rectified this situation – the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (H.R. 1837) – was approved by the House of
Representatives in 2012 but did not pass the Senate due to opposition from both
California senators and from Governor Brown.
The current impasse on water is the result of a deliberate campaign to pit
water districts and local officials against one another, and to create a giant,
impenetrable bureaucracy around the issue that insulates our senators and
governor from the political consequences of this disaster.
In light of the dire threat the drought poses to Valley agriculture and to
Valley life in general, our senators and Governor Brown must either work to
pass the reforms from H.R. 1837 or explain to Californians how they intend to
mitigate this calamity. Ultimately, it will take federal law to fix the
problem; without Senate support for a comprehensive water bill that gains
President Obama’s signature, there will be no relief from current conditions
outside of flood-level rainfall.
For further information, please see the letter I recently sent to Friant
farmers on this topic here, and a letter I sent out in 2008 here.
If you would like to
contact me, please visit my website at www.nunes.house.gov.
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