Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, on a bipartisan vote. The Kern County Water Agency (Agency) congratulates the bill’s authors and sponsors, Congressmen David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) on this significant step toward improving Kern County’s water supplies. Next, H.R. 2898 will move to the Senate for consideration.
Today, Governor Brown and representatives of the Obama Administration announced a new approach to restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and improving the water supplies of the 25 million Californians and more than 3 million acres of farms that depend on water from the Delta. The new approach announced today continues plans for large-scale habitat restoration in the Delta and continues development of new pipelines to move water through the State Water Project.
Yesterday, the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)approved parts of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition filed by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, but denied a provision of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition that allowed increased pumping for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project under certain circumstances in February and March 2015.