Nevada County’s congressman says the signing, by President Obama, of the first significant water legislation in a generation is good news for the future of the North State supply…
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Congressman Doug LaMalfa says the bill protects North State water rights, by implementing language to ensure any additional water provided south of the Delta is not taken from Northern California allocations. He says it requires a greater portion of South of Delta water supplies to be diverted and stored during winter storms. Meanwhile, environmentalists are concerned about language that they say allows federal authorities to override scientists and order water exports that could damage the fish population….
LaMalfa says an amendment to the legislation allocates 335-million dollars in federal funding toward surface water projects, with Sites Reservoir in Colusa County being eligible to apply for some of the money. He says new storage facilities will reduce supply pressures on north state rivers, including in Nevada County. He says the legislation is the first California water supply proposal to receive support from a majority of the state’s congressional delegation, including such Democrats as Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman John Garamendi.
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