Costa Legislation Seeks To Boost Valley Water Supply
The western San Joaquin Valley’s deepening water supply crisis is being targeted in legislation introduced May 10 by Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno).
Costa said what he calls the “More Water and Security for Californians Act” would significantly increase the valley water supply for farmers and growers who receive water from the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP).
“After two dry years and a 20% water allocation, now more than ever is the time for real solutions to our broken water system,” said Costa. “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the long-term solution, but there are actions we can take now.”
Costa added, “Politics cannot stand in the way of a sensible solution to the devastation our region has experienced year after year. We need to get this bill to the President.”
He said the bill would:
• Provide Congressional direction to implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
• Restore operational flexibility to California water projects.
• Provide reasonable protection to threatened species.