For many years California water users have experienced fairly level water rates. However, some communities have begun to see rate increases because the population growth in southern California has not been matched by similar growth in available water supplies. Local water agencies must ultimately decide what water rates are appropriate in order for them to provide water to their users.
In December of 2007, U. S. District Judge Oliver Wanger issued a final ruling that is expected to result in the reduction of water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by about a third, in an effort to protect the endangered delta smelt. The ruling comes at a time when 23 California counties are under a federal drought emergency declaration, and the Colorado River is experiencing historically low flow levels. If these conditions continue, Californians in many areas may be faced with mandatory water rationing in the not too distant future.
I believe that California must address its water imbalance by increasing water supplies and taking appropriate measures to reduce water demand. Significant investments are needed to improve our water infrastructure, including additional surface and groundwater storage, a comprehensive Bay Delta solution and water use efficiency. California must continue to examine water recycling, desalination, and conservation methods to efficiently manage our water supplies.
As the former Chairman of the House Water and Power Subcommittee, I have worked to maintain and enhance a reliable water supply in California and our nation. My legislation, H.R. 2828, the Water Supply, Reliability and Environmental Enhancement Act, was passed during the 108th Congress and signed into law by President Bush. This federal reauthorization of the California-Federal Bay Delta Program (CALFED) will play a critical role in developing new water yield and adequate storage.
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement after it was announced that he will continue to serve on the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee:
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) praised the inclusion of funding for several projects in the 42nd Congressional District in the Fiscal Year 2018 Corps of Engineers Work Plan.
Today Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) gave the following speech on the House floor:
"Madam Speaker I rise today because California is in the middle of a water crisis.
"California's current drought is not like other droughts because California is suffering from a devastating combination of a natural dry spell and a federally-imposed dry spell.
Today Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) was pleased by an announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers that three local projects would receive stimulus funding.
Yesterday Congressman Calvert (R-CA), the former Chairman of the Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, asking him to take a more active role in the California water drought.
"I am pleased Secretary Salazar is visiting our great state and I look forward to working with him to provide strong federal leadership in helping California overcome serious water supply challenges," stated Rep. Calvert.