Legislation

Feinstein, Kelly, Sinema Introduce STREAM Act to increase water supply

On Tuesday Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced S.4231, the Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities Act or STREAM Act, a bill they claim would increase water supply and modernize water infrastructure in California and throughout the West. “As the past two years have …

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Republicans introduce SB 890 to fund critical water infrastructure

Republicans introduce SB 890 to fund critical water infrastructure

Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) and Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) introduced Senate Bill 890 to ensure millions of acre-feet of water is stored during wet years instead of being flushed out to sea. “In 2014, California voters approved funding to build large, aboveground water storage,” said Senator Nielsen. “Because of bureaucratic …

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EPA, Army take action to reestablish pre-2015 definition of WOTUS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) last week announced a proposed rule to re-establish the pre-2015 definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The agencies say the action will establish a durable definition of WOTUS that protects public health, the environment, …

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Newsom meets with FEMA; signs budget trailer bill AB 148

Late last week Governor Gavin Newsom met with new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell at Folsom Lake to show the massive impacts of climate change, including drought, heat waves and wildfires. The Governor also signed budget trailer bill AB 148 to expedite the state’s response to severe drought …

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