Statement by Representative Tom McClintock on the Department of the Interior's California Water Forecast Announcement
I was extremely disappointed that on the same day we learned that the Northern Sierra snowpack is at 125% percent of normal, peeling away rhetoric that could only be best described as self-serving and deceptive, the administration has only actually committed to releasing 5% percent of water deliveries owed to the Central Valley, with the remaining 25% contingent on remaining precipitation.
The Administration has acknowledged that in a similar weather year, the allocation would be as much as 20 percent higher, or enough water to grow food for 145,000 families for a year, if it were not for two biological opinions on smelt, salmon and killer whales that restrict delta water deliveries.
Republicans on the Water and Power Subcommittee will continue efforts to bring about relief to the tens of thousands of unemployed in California’s Central Valley.
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Date: March 1, 2010