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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March 31, 2021 Press Release

MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released a statement in advance of the release of President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure package. Rep. Harder laid out his two major priorities for this next package:

 

  1. A concerted focus on investments and job creation in the Central Valley;
  2. Federal resources for local water infrastructure projects.

 

March 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter with Rep. Jerry McNerny (CA-9) requesting new federal funds for the Lower San Joaquin River Flood Risk Management and Feasibility Study projects. The $36.5 million in requested funds would go toward the Army Corps of Engineers and San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency’s critical flood damage reduction efforts.

 

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) and his colleagues sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy on behalf of the 1.6 million California households struggling with water debt. Rep. Harder and his colleagues have secured a one-time federal allocation for water assistance in the American Rescue Plan and are now pushing for continued support for the program. This year, a study found that California households hold a stunning $1 billion in water debt and low-income communities of color shoulder a disproportionate amount of the burden.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Harder is First Democratic Central Valley Rep to Serve on Committee in Decades

October 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today, President Donald Trump signed Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) first standalone bill into law. The new law authored by Rep.

October 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) bill to stop the invasion of the nutria, a giant swamp rat from South America, passed the Senate last night and will be sent to President Trump to be signed into law.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) and Senator Dianne Feinstein today introduced the Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act to establish an airborne snow observatory (ASO) and measurement program within the Department of the Interior. Without accurate readings, water managers could be forced to unnecessarily release water from reservoirs or use it for groundwater pumping, resulting in millions of dollars in financial losses.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After securing substantial support in last year’s funding package, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that this year’s water development funding bill also includes millions in funding for water storage projects which benefit the Central Valley. The bill passed the House today on a vote of 217-197.

July 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led an effort to make California eligible to receive federal funding to eradicate invasive nutria, the House of Representatives passed legislation that allows the state to apply for millions of dollars in federal funding to combat the pest. The bill also increases the total amount allocated to three programs through the Fish and Wildlife Service which help states and local residents combat invasive species, including the nutria.

July 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the Future of Agricultural Resiliency and Modernization (FARM) Act which would help farmers across the country to more effectively fight climate change. The bill would establish two new climate-focused initiatives to support the efforts of farmers on the ground. The first would provide over $2.5 billion in funding to help farmers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase carbon sequestration, improve air, water, and soil quality, and convert agriculture byproducts to efficient uses.

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