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 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.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) issued the following statement after the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested more information from the California State Water Resources Control Board regarding its water quality plan for the state, including the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta.

June 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced today that his SAVE Water Resources Act will receive a hearing on Thursday, June 13 in the U.S. House of Representative’s Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee. Holding a hearing on a bill is part of the “regular order” process which has laid the groundwork for the passage of dozens of other bills this Congress.