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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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.

June 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.

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.

 

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