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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WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is asking state and regional water boards for answers after residents voiced concerns about Trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination of the city’s water supply, including potential threats posed by TCE vapor. TCE contamination of Ripon’s groundwater dates to the 1970s when Nestlé Inc. used the chemical to extract caffeine from coffee and discharged the untreated water into the city’s sewers.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) successfully fought to include millions of dollars in funding for four Central Valley and Northern California water projects in the final Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. These projects were included in Rep. Harder’s SAVE Water Resources Act, and he worked both publicly and privately to secure funding for these local priorities.