H.R. 5303 Water Resources Development Act: YES
H.R. 5303 - Water Resources Development Act: YES. On the plus side, out of a total of $10.5 billion for projects across the nation, this bill authorizes $1.6 billion for flood control projects in the Sacramento Delta. (Of course, this would have been unnecessary if the Auburn Dam had been completed, but at the moment that’s, um, water under the bridge). It also includes a provision I have long sought to allow the use of fish hatcheries to meet ESA requirements, which has the potential to save billions of dollars and billions of gallons of water. Finally, it finances the projects by de-authorizing lower priority projects elsewhere in the country. On the negative side, it includes $170 million to pay for Flint, Michigan’s incompetence in managing its local water system, establishing a dangerous precedent of using disaster funds to pay for bad local management. In balance, though, it is a lop-sided benefit to our region and the hatchery reforms could result in enormous savings of both tax dollars and water.