Congressman Costa Reacts to EPA's Rejection of State's Standards for Bay-Delta Plan     

Jun 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Eileen Sobeck, Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the EPA rejected the SWRCB’s Bay-Delta water quality plan under the Clean Water Act. Congressman Costa (CA-16) issued the following statement on the issue:

“Today’s decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency is welcome. Salinity standards have always been important to the health of the Bay-Delta. I believe the State Water Resources Control Board must be mindful of the federal role in creating a more sustainable environment for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system. It is my hope that if the parties are patient, we can ultimately resolve these vexing issues that stand in the way of implementing the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and bring greater water reliability to all California water users.” 

In March, Congressman Costa wrote a letter to the EPA asking them to thoroughly review SWRCB’s submission. Going forward, Congressman Costa will continue to do everything in his power to prevent this State “Water Grab” and protect our way of life in the Valley.