Legislation

Sen. Hurtado introduces legislation to Repair State Water Project and Central Valley Project Infrastructure

Last week Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced legislation aimed at providing more than $750 million to restore California’s water delivery infrastructure and repair aging roads and bridges. Senate Bill 559, State Water Resiliency Act of 2021, will fund repairs to the Friant-Kern Canal, Delta-Mendota Canal, San Luis Canal and California …

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National Coalition Calls for Incoming Administration to Address Aging Water Infrastructure

Family Farm Alliance, a national coalition of more than 200 agricultural organizations and urban and rural water districts sent letters yesterday, urging President-elect Joe Biden and congressional leadership to address aging Western water infrastructure as a part of  any potential infrastructure or economic recovery package. The letters express the fact …

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Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program Receives Funding

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program (CWIFP) received funding for the first time ever in the Fiscal 2021 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act signed into law by President Donald J. Trump as part of the Fiscal 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. …

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SWRCB Releases Proposed Amendments to Prop 1 Funding Guidelines

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released their draft Amended Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program (GWGP) Funding Guidelines earlier this month. The proposals are intended to clarify eligibility requirements for drinking water treatment and wastewater projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. The deadline for submitting public comments is Monday, Jan. …

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Congress Approves 2020 Water Resources Development Act

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the 2020 Water Resources Development Act. The legislation – commonly referred to as WRDA – is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law before the end of the year. Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House …

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Rep. Garamendi Introduces Legislation to Provide Federal Financing for Sites Reservoir

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA 03) introduced the “WIFIA Improvement Act” (H.R.8217) yesterday. The legislation would amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) of 2014 to make public water projects like the off-stream Sites Reservoir Project eligible for low-interest, longer-term federal loans from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically, the bill …

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