Rep. Matsui Statement on Feinstein, Boxer Drought Legislation

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Washington, DC, August 6, 2015 | comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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Rep. Matsui Statement on Feinstein, Boxer Drought Legislation
Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) released the following statement on Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer’s California drought legislation, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act (S. 1984):
“The drought bill introduced by Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer has many provisions that could provide real drought relief to Californians in the short and long term, but the details of the bill and how it would impact our water rights and environmental laws must be examined very closely,” said Congresswoman Matsui.
“I am pleased that the Senate bill includes $1.3 billion to support vital projects such as water recycling, desalination, and storage. While the bill includes language intended to ensure that both Delta residents and residents north of the Delta are not adversely impacted by changes to water operations, I am concerned that some of the bill’s short-term drought relief provisions may open the door to actions that harm the region and its economy.”
“I want to thank Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer for their commitment to a sustainable, science-based solution that enables our state to improve drought management. I look forward to continuing to work constructively with them on this bill.”
The California Emergency Drought Relief Act includes language similar to Congresswoman Matsui’s Water Recycling Acceleration Act of 2015 (H.R. 2993), which would accelerate the funding of wastewater recycling projects in California.
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