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  • Denham legislation brings more water storage: Department of the Interior moves forward on expansion of Shasta Dam
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    Announced today, the U.S. Department of the Interior is moving forward on enlargement of Shasta Dam, a critical water storage reservoir in California. This expansion comes as a direct result of Rep. Denham’s Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act language and $20 million in funding approved in March of this year. “We’re moving forward with building more water storage for the first time in decades,” said Rep. Denham. “Real progress and results are what California needs if the... Read more

  • California Farm Bureau Federation Reports Federal Water Bill Aims to Smooth Project Funding - Includes Legislation to Raise the Spillway Gates at New Exchequer Dam
    Posted in In the News on September 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    Plans to increase California water storage capacity received a boost from passage of bipartisan, comprehensive water resources legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which the House california farm bureau federationapproved last week, is expected to garner Senate passage and President Trump's signature. California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson called the congressional action to help secure added funding for water infrastructure "critical," especially as Ca... Read more

  • Reps. Denham, Costa bring water storage to the Valley
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    The last large-scale water storage facility to be built in California was constructed in 1979, and now, almost 40 years later, the drought-stricken state will receive funding for projects to help secure its water supply thanks to two local representatives. Valley Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) made sure that America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which passed the House last Thursday, included provisions that will support local irrigation districts and water agencies in... Read more

  • SJ RIVER FLOOD PROTECTION
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    The House of Representatives Thursday unanimously passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. It includes provisions authored by Congressman Jeff Denham that authorizes long-delayed flood control protection measures needed to enhance the safety of more than 50,000 residents in San Joaquin County. Denham also was successful at inserting language that requires federal agencies to expedite feasibility studies of Reclamation District 17’s efforts to meet a state mandate to upgrade flood prote... Read more

  • ICYMI: Denham speech on water storage legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    In case you missed it, Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) groundbreaking legislation to authorize financing of new water storage projects passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday as part of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (WRDA). Rep. Denham spoke on the floor to support his provision and the entire bill just before its passage – calling on Congress to pass this legislation to enable California to move forward on major water storage projects that have been on hold for nearly 50 y... Read more

  • House passes Denham water storage legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure, Water

    Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) legislation to authorize financing of new water storage projects passed the U.S. House of Representatives today as part of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (WRDA). Rep. Denham’s language will leverage non-federal investments to provide financing for expanding water storage and comes from his long championed New WATER Act. The WRDA 2018 bill is expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate and signed into law. “We need more water storage in the Valley and my ... Read more

  • More critical water storage is finally coming to California. It took nearly 40 years.
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    California officials have been pushing for more natural water storage since the last large-scale facility was built in 1979. Now they’re finally going to get it, thanks to political pressure, President Donald Trump and some congressional creativity. ... Denham’s proposal allows local irrigation districts to apply for low-interest federal loans from the Environmental Protection Agency to build new reservoirs, below ground storage projects, recycling and desalination projects. Those are desperatel... Read more

  • Costa & Denham Deliver Bipartisan Victory for Valley Water
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    The western United States — including the San Joaquin Valley — could see significant increases in water storage capacity due to legislation that passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. Overcoming the continuing rancor in Congress, the legislation cleared the House with bipartisan backing and also has the support of the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders. Valley Congressmen Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) championed and played major roles in America’s Water Infra... Read more

  • Congressmen Costa, Denham, and McClintock Continue Fighting the Water Grab
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    “I will use every option I have to fight the Water Grab,” Costa said. “This is about fighting bad science used to justify taking water from one region of California. This is about the future of the Valley and protecting our way of life.” “Sacramento’s water grab is in violation of federal law,” Denham said. “We will not allow them to take our water; the future of the Valley depends on it.” “The proposal to regularly drain our reservoirs for the sole purpose of dumping water into the ocean is lun... Read more

  • ICYMI: Denham talks House vote on his water storage bill with KFBK’s Joe Michaels
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    In case you missed it, Rep. Denham spoke with KFBK’s Joe Michaels Tuesday to talk about the vote this week on his legislation to authorize financing of new water storage projects. The Denham language is included in the comprehensive Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 agreement that is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Rep. Denham’s New WATER Act is a crucial step in solving the Central Valley’s long term water storage crisis. The bill provides fin... Read more