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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October 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is calling on the Trump Administration to reverse its plan to disband the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), which unifies all federal efforts to combat invasive species into a single body. Over a dozen federal agencies and organizations share responsibility for combating invasive species, making the NISC one of the most important tools in the fight against these threats. In a letter, Rep.

September 28, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB1.

September 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that his bill to halt the invasion of Nutria, an invasive swamp rat, will receive a hearing in the Water Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would revive an expired program that helped to successfully stop a similar invasion in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 2:00 PM ET in Longworth House Office Building, room 1324.

September 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), alongside Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), and TJ Cox, (CA-21) released the following statement in advance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of SB1. 

September 6, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Today U.S. Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) joined a coalition of Central Valley representatives in calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to amend California Senate Bill SB1 to preserve the viability of voluntary agreements for Central Valley farmers and water users across the state. In regards to this concern, Rep. Harder released the following statement.

July 22, 2019 Press Release


July 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will receive a hearing in the Water Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee on July 25th at 10:00 AM eastern. Rep.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Rob Wittman (VA-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Morgan Griffith (VA-9) today introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act. The bill would reauthorize an expired program which supports local water research institutes that solve problems regarding water quantity and quality in collaboration with universities, local governments, the water industry, and the public.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced legislation to eradicate and control the population growth of nutria, colloquially referred to as “swamp rats,” in the Central Valley. Nutria are an invasive species from South America that have caused millions in damage to swamplands in Maryland and Louisiana.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for a new water treatment plant and transmission main line to the cities of Ceres and Turlock. The new plant is part of a joint project between the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, the Turlock Irrigation District, and the cities of Turlock and Ceres, and will make available an additional 5,600 acre-feet of water.