Harder Secures Nearly $14 Million for Four Central Valley, Regional Water Projects in House Funding Bill
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.
“The Central Valley has been left behind by funding bills for too long but now that’s changing,” said Rep. Harder. “We’re finally getting the support we need to make meaningful investments in our water infrastructure that will grow and secure our water supply.”
“The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill funds critical infrastructure projects throughout the country. I am especially pleased that our bill includes four projects — the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, the Sites Reservoir, the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, and the Del Puerto Canyon Reservoir — that will make a difference in the lives of Californians. These projects would not have been included without the hard work of Representative Harder and I commend him on his steadfast advocacy for his community,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
The projects will combine to provide nearly two million acre-feet of additional storage capacity for the Central Valley and California. Some of these projects were originally authorized in 2016, but this is the first time many were included in a full annual allocation of an appropriations bill.
North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program
Rep. Harder secured over $4.1 million for this project, which provides water for agricultural customers in the Del Puerto Water District (DPWD). The Cities of Turlock and Modesto provide treated recycled water to DPWD, which then distributes that water to local farmers. Water supplies have been impacted by drought and pumping restrictions in the area, making it difficult for farmers to access the water they need. The project provides as much as 30,600 acre-feet of water per year.
“Congressman Harder’s Securing Access for the central Valley and Enhancing (SAVE) Water Resources Act addresses the immediate needs of our region and the water supply challenges faced by the Del Puerto Water District and its Landowners,” said Anthea G. Hansen, General Manager, Del Puerto Water District. “Funding for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program will help us achieve the final milestone of having the full project operational by the end of this year, providing 25,000 AF of “new” water to our service area. Funding for the Del Puerto Canyon Reservoir will help ensure the local agency partners will be able to complete the required feasibility studies in an expedited fashion and be shovel-ready with a reservoir project that could provide up to 85,000 AF of much-needed south-of-Delta storage. We truly appreciate the Congressman’s efforts on our behalf.”
Del Puerto Canyon Reservoir
Del Puerto Water District will receive another $1.5 million for the Del Puerto Canyon Reservoir. The project will expand off-stream water storage up to 85,000 acre-feet for DPWD, which is based in Patterson, CA, in Rep. Harder’s district.
Six million dollars in new funding will go to the Sites Reservoir project thanks to Rep. Harder’s advocacy. Sites is an innovative and modern off-stream water storage project, helping the Valley better prepare for droughts while preserving the environment. This project will add over 1.8 million acre-feet of storage to the Northern Central Valley, on average, supplying water to over 1 million homes.
Los Vaqueros Reservoir expansion
Rep. Harder worked to secure over $2.1 million for this project, which currently stores up to 160,000 acre-feet of water. The expansion will add another 115,000 acre-feet of capacity. The project also provides water to wildlife areas south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The package also includes funding for key programs that invest millions in water projects in California. These programs include funding for rural drinking water, flood control, WaterSMART projects, and water recycling and reuse projects. Funding for these additional important programs total over $200 million.