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Knight Dives Into Water Legislation

Congressman Part of Legislative Effort to Provide Drought Relief to California

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Washington, DC, June 25, 2015 | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) is an original cosponsor of a bill that would set up a framework to provide relief from California’s drought crisis. 

H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 was introduced on Thursday by Rep. David Valadao (CA-21).  The bill would work within state environmental laws to maximize the amount of water available to Californians by setting up a process for increased pumping, capture, and storage.  
 
“The drought in our state is quickly becoming a national emergency,” said Representative Knight. “Without Congressional action, Californians will suffer immensely and so will everyone who relies on our agriculture.” 
 
Californians have struggled under drought conditions for over a year, but proposed legislative fixes are prohibitively expensive or politically unworkable. Knight and his colleagues believe that The Western Water Act will be neither of these things. Instead it includes provisions that work within California’s complex environmental laws while modernizing them to drive down costs and increase the flow of water out of the Delta in a sustainable manner.
 
“The Western Water Act was designed to address the underlying causes of the drought in a pragmatic and bipartisan manner.” continued Knight. “There is no simple answer to this problem. But California needs rational solutions, not more water rations." 
 
H.R. 2898 will be considered in House Natural Resources Committee in early July. 

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