Fighting for Water

The San Joaquin Valley needs water to survive. Our Valley’s jobs and way of life are at stake, and it is my top priority to ensure that our farmers, workers, and communities receive the water we need to get our economy going again.

We are making progress, and each day is a new opportunity to secure more water and take on the critics of our Valley. This page will provide you with background on the water crisis, along with news and updates on my ongoing efforts to increase the flow of water to our Valley.

 

Producing Results

Water is the lifeblood of our Valley. Without water, there are no jobs and no economic opportunities. Fighting to increase our water supply is my top priority and we are making progress.

Our Valley’s water challenges have taught us a lot about the art of the possible.  In pressing this Administration to look for other ways to operate the water projects, we were successful in boosting the water allocation to Valley farmers over the past two years and continue to push for more.  I fought hard for better science to be used so that we take a look at all the factors affecting the decline of the Delta, not just the pumps.  Our Valley has been winning that fight and now the federal agencies are going back to the drawing board.  I also worked with my colleagues in Congress to secure funding for the Valley and expedite water infrastructure projects like the California Aqueduct/Delta Mendota Canal Intertie project, which had been backlogged for more than 25 years. Last Congress, I also introduced H.R. 1251, the More Water for Our Valley Act, which continues my efforts to find commonsense solutions to California’s broken water system.

 

Looking at the Long-Term

There is no silver bullet that will solve all of our water problems.  Compromise involves working together in a bipartisan fashion to find common ground on solutions for the short-term, interim, and long-term, and we have to work on all of them at the same time.                                              

Valley communities require a sustainable water supply now as we work through long-term issues.  We need to build new infrastructure that includes major conveyance and storage projects such as the Peripheral Canal/Tunnel, Temperance Flat, and raising Shasta Dam.  If we expect to find compromise and stop the ages-old water wars, we need to fix our broken plumbing system, and rebuilding our infrastructure will get us to an even better place than we are today. 

Our work is far from over, but we are winning this fight and more water is flowing to the Valley.

We will continue to fight against regulations that send water to the Pacific Ocean and do not consider the health and welfare of the Valley’s residents and their environment. We will continue to press the Administration and support a legal strategy to get the pumps flowing at maximum capacity. We will also continue to take on our critics and keep working towards long-term solutions to protect our Valley and state’s water supply for generations to come.

 

Resources:

Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region: www.usbr.gov/mp

California Department of Water Resources: https://www.water.ca.gov/

USDA Disaster Assistance: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=diap&topic=landing

 

More on Fighting for Water

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the H.R.

Nov 15, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Biden signed into law, H.R. 3684 – The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild our nation’s water, road, transit, and broadband systems, grow our economy, and create good-paying jobs.    

Nov 5, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-generation investment to rebuild our nation’s water, road, transit, and broadband systems, grow our economy, and cre

Oct 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington DC - Today, Representative Jim Costa (CA-16) along with 

Oct 14, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON D.C.) – Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16), John Garamendi (CA-03), and Josh Harder (CA-10) 

Aug 26, 2021 In The News

August 26, 2021 - FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after an agreement was made to hold a standalone vote on President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27, 2021 and to only bring a reconciliation package to the House that has the backing of 51 votes in the Senate and complies with the Senate Byrd Ru

Aug 24, 2021 Press Release

FRESNO – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after an agreement was made to hold a standalone vote on President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27, 2021 and to only bring a reconciliation package to the House that has the backing of 51 votes in the Senate and complies with the Senate Byrd Rule:

Aug 23, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON — California Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement after his vote on H.R. 4502, a $253 billion package to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year that also makes historic investments in American jobs and opportunities for working families. If passed in the Senate, the bill would bring nearly $500 million to Rep. Costa’s district:

Aug 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jim Costa (AC-16) and the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which aims to remove barriers for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to participate in the voluntary carbon credit marketplace. As producers look to reduce their environmental footprint, they often look to the carbon credit marketplace to offset their emissions.