Washington, D.C. - American Rivers today applauded Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their strong opposition to H.R. 1837, the “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act,” introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes, which would have devastating impacts on rivers, clean water, and communities.
The bill proposes to preempt California state environmental law, override clear scientific evidence and eliminate protections to prevent the extinction of endangered species, undermine a multi-stakeholder consensus agreement, unravel the historic San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement which ended nearly two decades of litigation, and guarantee sweetheart contracts for junior water rights holders.
“Congressman Nunes’ bill is a direct assault on the health of the Sacramento -San Joaquin Delta and the millions of people who depend on it. American Rivers applauds Senators Feinstein and Boxer for standing up to what the Senators aptly describe as ‘dramatic overkill,’” said Andrew Fahlund, Senior Vice President for American Rivers.
The Senators’ statement appropriately states, “The answers to California’s water challenges lie not in radical proposals to eviscerate state and federal environmental laws and water rights, but rather through the development of balanced, consensus-based solutions that respect the interests of all stakeholders.”
“We couldn’t agree more with Senators Feinstein and Boxer. The answer to California’s water woes lies in collaboration around long-term solutions. That is why American Rivers has invested in negotiations to achieve water security and environmental restoration,” explained Fahlund.
“Congressman Nunes is turning his back on communities throughout the Delta and along the coast that depend on healthy rivers and fisheries. Rather than playing the blame game, he needs to roll up his sleeves and find solutions that will work for all Californians,” said Fahlund.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.