Costa Statement on California Drought Declaration

Washington, DC— Rep. Jim Costa issued the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to issue a statewide drought declaration:

“As we face this water crisis, there is no time to waste,” said Costa“Many of us have been telling the Governor how dire the situation is for months, but after coming to the Valley this week he saw for himself that swift action was not only warranted, but is necessary. The Governor’s announcement was a good first step, but without significant rainfall soon we will likely need additional help from the state beyond what is in this declaration in the coming months.

“Since the Governor has now acted, I hope the President will follow his lead and form the federal task force that I along with Senators Feinstein and Boxer called for earlier this week.

“Now we must keep the momentum going because the most difficult challenges still lie ahead. We all have to stick together and put the politics aside if we hope to make it through this.”