As California’s water problems draw national attention, the State’s representatives in Washington, D.C. continue to offer federal legislative responses.
As an alternative to the “Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act” that passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, Senators Feinstein and Boxer proposed a new bill on February 11, 2014. The Senate legislation, entitled the “California Emergency Drought Relief Fund of 2014,” was referred to committee for further action. The Senate bill proposes the following measures to address the drought:
Separate from the current discussion on the drought, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act and reported the legislation to the full Senate for consideration. Originally introduced in 2013, the legislation, if enacted, would provide more than $400 million in funding over ten years for stormwater management, watershed restoration, fire reduction and forest management, and invasive species management projects.
The drought legislation introduced in the Senate is available here.
The proposed Lake Tahoe Restoration Act is available here.
For more information on the proposed federal legislation, please contact Brittany Lewis-Roberts at (916) 446-7979, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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