Water

We just came off of the worst drought in California history. We have the most variable annual rainfall of any state in the country, and because of that we’re locked into a boom and bust cycle on water. Unfortunately, Washington and Sacramento didn’t invest in our water systems like they should have twenty years ago. That means in wet years, we can’t save enough water for the dry ones.

That’s why my first priority in Congress was to introduce an all-of-the-above water bill that will increase storage opportunities, spur new innovation, and make long-overdue investments in our aging water infrastructure. I spent months sourcing water ideas directly from local experts to make sure my bill meets the needs of everyone – from farmers and consumers to environmental advocates and water providers. I will continue fighting to bring the federal funding we need to the Central Valley to protect our local farmers and consumers.

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More on Water

September 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that he will be joined by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for a virtual event focused on the state of California’s water tomorrow September 8th at 2:00 PM PT. The two will discuss issues surrounding water in the Central Valley and the need for federal investments in water infrastructure and combatting drought.

September 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that he will be joined by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for a virtual event focused on the state of California’s water on September 8th at 2:00 PM PT. The two will discuss issues surrounding water in the Central Valley and the need for federal investments in water infrastructure and combatting drought.

September 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a new letter to President Biden and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell in support of the State of California’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to the ongoing extreme drought and wildfire conditions. A major disaster declaration would unlock resources and coordination to help Central Valley farmers and communities adapt and recover from the dual threats of extreme drought and wildfires.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) applauded the Senate for including a historic $8.3 billion for Western Water Infrastructure and specifically, $1.15 billion for water storage investments in the bipartisan infrastructure package. This sum comes on the heels of Rep. Harder’s bipartisan letter with Republican Rep.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that he helped secure a historic $65 million in recommended funding levels for two Central Valley water storage projects. Rep. Harder urged the Secretary of the Interior to include these two local projects in her list of recommended Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act surface storage projects. The Secretary recommended $15 million for the Del Puerto Canyon Reservoir and $50 million for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion.

July 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a successful effort to include resources for farmers impacted by drought and wildfire in the bipartisan 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. Currently, the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) can only provide direct assistance to farmers who experienced crop loss due to qualifying natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Rep. Harder’s language will open up funds to farmers who have lost crops to drought, fire, and other natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.

July 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) voted to pass a landmark bipartisan bill that aims to protect every Central Valley family from dangerous chemicals in their water. While California requires the reporting of PFAS, neither the state or the federal government set safe drinking water standards.

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led his colleagues in pushing for a historic investment in wildfire fighting and protection in this year’s appropriations bills. The new letter reflects the need for drastic increases in funds to prevent and fight wildfires in California and across the West.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In today’s subcommittee hearing, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) followed President Biden’s one-year federal firefighter pay increase by pushing the House Appropriations Committee to permanently increase federal firefighter pay. He inserted new language in the House Appropriations FY22 Interior bill that directs the US Forest Service to address the pay disparity issue for federal firefighters.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — After Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) months of bipartisan leadership on the federal firefighter shortage and wage crisis, President Joe Biden ordered an increase federal firefighter pay while meeting with governors, cabinet members and business leaders today. This comes days after Rep. Harder led a bipartisan letter with Republican Rep.

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