A recent letter writer asserts that HR 3964 gives “Central Valley’s land and water barons priority over California’s water rights.” This is an outlandish charge. The bill specifically protects local water rights. Since the 14th Amendment, it has been a legitimate function of the federal government to protect the property rights of every American and that’s what opponents of the bill object to.
We cannot make it rain. But we can take measures to increase storage capacity, reinforce existing water rights and assure that we never again must face a drought crisis of this magnitude.
HR 3964 will, among other things, allow for the expansion of Lake McClure by 70,000 acre feet; give local water agencies the ability to store additional surplus water at New Melones; set deadlines for additional storage; and authorize local water districts to partner with the federal government to expedite expansion of Shasta Dam and Los Vaqueros Reservoir and move forward with Sites Reservoir and Temperance Flats.
REP. TOM McCLINTOCK
4th Congressional District