11 Jun '11, 12am

H.R. 1837 Offers No Solutions for California's Water Challenges

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the June 2 House Subcommittee hearing on Congressman Nunes’ H.R. 1837 was the lack of focus on solutions. California faces real water challenges, but the authors of H.R. 1837 have paid little regard to advancing effective solutions – or even to the impacts that this reckless bill would cause. Here are a few examples. Water Supply Reliability : Water agencies south of the Delta want their supplies from the Delta to be more reliable. But this bill would make state and federal collaboration in efforts to achieve this goal, such as the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, next to impossible and virtually eliminate any possibility that the state could ever issue permits for an isolated Delta facility. Climate Change and Earthquake Risks : Climate change is likely to make California a somewhat drier place. It will also cause sea level to rise, threa...

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