News Worth Noting: Huffman offers drought relief amendment, Allied growers send letter to Congress, Governor signs bill to help San Joaquin River Conservancy, Save Our Water at the State Fair, Martis Lake closure

Jared_Huffman,_Official_portrait,_113th_CongressCongressman Jared Huffman Offers Amendment to Provide Relief from Record California Drought, Reduce Funding for Nuclear Power Research: “Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) to provide relief from the historic drought facing California and many other western states. Huffman’s amendment would provide an additional $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by a reduction to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy account, which provides funding for research into non-military nuclear power plants. The amendment was defeated.  “The California drought is the most extreme drought that many of us have seen in our lifetime, and we either believe it’s a national crisis and a national priority or we don’t,” Congressman Huffman said. “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.” … ”  Read more from the office of Jared Huffman here:  Huffman Offers Amendment to Provide Relief from Record California Drought, Reduce Funding for Nuclear Power Research

letter mailboxAllied Growers send letter to Congress, say “It is time for you to move forward with policies that restore regulatory balance, achieve benefits, and improve the social, economic, and environmental health of much of California.”  The letter begins: “We write in our individual capacities to thank each of you for the effort you have made to address the dire water situation facing the State of California. The passage of S. 2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act out of the U.S. Senate, and H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act out of the U.S. House of Representatives, are significant and commendable milestones. The efforts you have taken are greatly appreciated. We are, however, acutely aware of the need for you to promptly resolve the differences between these bills before any legislation will become law. We also know that we are in urgent need of a change in law. … ”  Read the full letter here:  Allied Grower letter to Congressionals

Henry-pereaGovernor Brown signs Perea bill to help the San Joaquin River Conservancy:Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1506 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) into law. AB 1506 allows California peace officers to cite violators of San Joaquin River Conservancy (SJRC) regulations. SJRC was created by the legislature to preserve land on the banks of the San Joaquin River for the enjoyment of future generations and was given the authority to make regulations to protect their land. Unfortunately, the legislation that established the SJRC did not include a way to penalize violators of SJRC regulations.  “The Conservancy needs the authority to enforce regulations to ensure the Parkway is safe and accessible to our community,” said Assemblymember Perea. “This land is beautiful and we want to make sure it stays that way for generations to come. I applaud Governor Brown for signing this important district measure into law.” … ”  Read more from Assemblymember Perea here: Governor Brown Signs Perea Bill to Help San Joaquin River Conservancy

save our waterCalifornians encouraged to learn more about saving water at State Fair:As the California State Fair kicks off today, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve. Save Our Water displays have been popular at the State Fair for the last several years, but the extraordinary drought has brought water conservation to the top of mind for many Californians.  This year, Save Our Water has two exhibits highlighting water-saving ideas – one outdoors and one indoors. ... ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  Californians encouraged to learn more about saving water at State Fair

Army Corps LogoLikely algal bloom temporarily closes Martis Creek Lake:Martis Creek Lake near Truckee has been temporarily closed due to a likely algal bloom. Access to the lake has been restricted and park rangers are posting signs warning visitors against entering or allowing their pets to enter the water. The Martis Creek Lake wildlife area and its hiking trails and the Alpine Meadows campground remain open during the lake closure. “While we’re not aware that the bloom poses an imminent public safety hazard, we’re closing access as a safety precaution until we have a better sense of what’s going on here,” said Doug Grothe, Martis Creek Lake park manager.  … ”  Read more from the US Army Corps here:  Likely algal bloom temporarily closes Martis Creek Lake

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