In Reaction to Newsom Drought Announcement, Harder Says Valley Voices Must be Heard, Renews Push for New Water Infrastructure

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.


“It’s more than clear our state is heading for a drought. It’s a no-brainer,” said Rep. Harder. “So, here’s what needs to happen. First, the Central Valley needs to have a seat at the table in any and all conversations on water. We’re the first to get hit when droughts occur and the last to recover, and we won’t be pushed around by Sacramento when it comes to our water. Second, the federal government needs to step up and deliver on real water infrastructure investments. Since day one, I’ve been calling on all administrations – Democratic and Republican – to support smart and sustainable storage projects such as the Del Puerto Canyon one, and I won’t stop until we secure the funding we need here in the Valley. When every year feels like a drought year, the time to invest in water storage infrastructure is right now.”


Rep. Harder has been pushing the Biden administration to support Central Valley water infrastructure projects for weeks. Read more about his efforts here, here, and here.