Congresswoman Matsui Tours Folsom Dam with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

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Congresswoman Matsui Tours Folsom Dam with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Secretary Jewell announces $50 million for drought relief projects in the West, including nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley Project

CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) toured Folsom Dam and the Joint Federal Project with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, allowing the Secretary to see the realities of California’s drought firsthand.  The two discussed federal action that can be taken to help assist California during the drought.  While in Sacramento, Secretary Jewell also announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects in the West, including nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley Project.

“California has the most variable weather extremes in the country.  That is why it is critical we have an ongoing discussion about California’s severe drought and find solutions that will help us meet the water challenges of the 21st century said Congresswoman Matsui.  I am also glad to see Secretary Jewell come to Sacramento to see the impacts of drought and our weather impacts firsthand.  The funding announced today is another step that we must build off of to ensure drought relief reaches all of California – including Northern California and the rest of the Central Valley. Sacramento residents have reduced their water use by 20% and I am confident that with federal support we can do even more.”

“California’s ongoing drought is wreaking havoc on farmers, ranchers, municipalities, tribes, and the environment,” said Secretary Jewell.  “Today’s funding will help boost immediate and long-term efforts to improve water efficiencies and increase resilience in high-risk communities, including California’s Central Valley.  I appreciate the support of Congress, especially that of Senator Feinstein and the California delegation, in helping make these much needed funds available.”

The $50 million allocated for drought relief projects in the West was made available through budget legislation passed by Congress at the end of last year.  Funding highlights include:

  • $19.9 million for California’s Central Valley Project – This funding includes $5.37 million for Delta needs, including drought monitoring for endangered species
  • $9 million for WaterSMART and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program grants – These grant programs support water conservation initiatives and technological breakthroughs that promote water reuse and recycling.
  • $5 million for Drought Response and Comprehensive Drought Plans – This new program is helping states, tribes and local governments prepare for and address drought in advance of an emergency with a 50/50 percent federal/non-federal funding split.

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