Valadao introduces NEED Water Act to provide emergency drought relief

Congressman David Valadao (CA-21)  has introduced legislation he says will provide emergency drought relief to the Central Valley.

The Necessary to Ensure Expeditious Delivery of Water Act, or NEED Water Act, would protect water currently in the Central Valley Project system for human needs and reduce regulatory burdens in order to lessen the negative impacts of the drought on Central Valley residents.

The bill would also extend the California provisions of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act (P.L. 114-322) and is cosponsored by the entire California Republican delegation.

“The situation that we’ve got in the Valley is dire and people are in really bad shape,” said Valadao. “While the NEED Water Act is not a long-term solution, it would provide temporary operational flexibility for the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project to reduce water supply shortages in Valley communities.”

For the full text of the bill, visit

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