One more try for federal fixes to California’s water woes

April 1, 2019
by Lois Henry
Lois Henry

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Local water folks are hopeful, but not holding their breath, that the latest congressional effort to move a little more water down the pike from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will actually succeed.

Even if it does, I’m sure environmental activists already have their lawyers prepped and ready for launch.

But it’s the holidays, so who knows?

This legislation may be the Christmas miracle that everyone had hoped El Niño would be last year. (Rotten little boy.)

It’s expected to be taken up by the House and Senate over the next week.

Anyhow, here’s what all the hubbub is about, at least in water circles.

For the last several years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has worked with legislators from the valley including Reps. Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao to create some legislation that would get more water to valley farmers without tampering too much with delta operations.

Every attempt died in the Senate.

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