Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) voted for S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, legislation to alleviate water shortages in California. The landmark compromise is the result of negotiations between California House Republicans and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and will now be considered in the U.S. Senate.
“Delivering relief from water shortages to California’s families and farms isn’t about politics. I’m glad that both sides of the negotiating table were able to come together and strike a good faith agreement. While this is only the first step in ensuring California’s water distribution is sensible and fair, it is a positive one,” said Rep. Royce.
It’s estimated that this legislation will provide for an additional 200,000 acre-feet of water for Southern California and the Central Valley annually, enough to meet the needs of 446,000 average California households.
Specifically, the legislation:
– Directs federal agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service) to pump water at the high end of the Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions (i.e. -5,000 cfs OMR). This is within current law and regulation. Only under certain conditions and if listed species are adversely impacted can pumping …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce