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

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a letter to House leadership pushing for ongoing funding of the federal water affordability assistance program in any upcoming infrastructure or economic recovery package. In California alone, more than 1.6 million households hold $1 billion in water debt, with an average debt of $500 per person.

 

June 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a letter to House leadership pushing for ongoing funding of the federal water affordability assistance program in any upcoming infrastructure or economic recovery package. In California alone, more than 1.6 million households hold $1 billion in water debt, with an average debt of $500 per person.

 

June 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and David Valadao (CA-21) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in writing to the House and Senate leaders urging water storage to be included in any upcoming infrastructure package. The group included Republican Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-50) and Ken Calvert (CA-42), as well as Democratic Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-3), Ami Bera (CA-7), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2), Greg Stanton (AZ-9), and Dina Titus (NV-1).

 

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) reacted to Gov. Newsom’s Drought Emergency Declaration that covers both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Rep.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Rob Wittman (VA-1), and Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), today introduced the bipartisan 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. A bipartisan partner bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Cardin (MD) and Sen. Boozman (AR). Both Rep.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement in reaction to Gov. Newsom’s Russian River drought declaration. In his statement, he pushed for two major priorities:

 

  1. The Central Valley must have a seat at the table in any and all conversations on water;
  2. The federal government must deliver impactful water infrastructure investments.

 

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to invest in Central Valley water infrastructure during a House Appropriations hearing.

April 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) renewed his call for a federal infrastructure package focused on Central Valley job creation and water infrastructure. This morning, the Biden administration released a new California specific fact sheet detailing the dire need for infrastructure investments in the state. In response to this new fact sheet and in advance of Congress’ return to session, Rep. Harder released the following statement:

 

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.

 

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