House, Senate Conference Talks Go On
House and Senate negotiators at press time were continuing their efforts aimed at developing compromise legislation between vastly differing bills approved earlier this year.
The bill would address drought impacts.
Friant Water Authority General Manager Ronald D. Jacobsma has been working closely with lawmakers.
“The Authority is monitoring the reconciliation process closely,” Jacobsma said. “We plan on continuing to engage at every opportunity. This process is very important to all valley water users and Central Valley Project contractors.”
Depending on whether a deal can be struck, the bill could tackle Endangered Species Act issues, easing of environmental rules, redirecting water deliveries and consent to develop new dams and reservoirs.
A much more modest measure could instead emerge, from the negotiations, or no agreement at all.
Many valley cities and counties have formally asked Congress to deal with vexing federal issues that have contributed to water shortages.