Restore the Delta Applauds Governor Brown; Issues Supplementary Letter Opposing H.R. 23

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017
Nora Kovaleski, 408-806-6470,
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053,

Restore the Delta Applauds Governor Brown;
Issues Supplementary Letter Opposing H.R. 23

Stockton, CA — Restore the Delta issued a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan opposing H.R. 23, “Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017” today. The legislation seeks to increase the Trump Administration’s involvement and oversight of California’s water management, consequently decreasing the state’s autonomy and environmental protection laws.
Restore the Delta’s letter joins the efforts of other California environmental organizations and California government officials to prevent the bill from passing in the House of Representatives. Among these efforts are a letter to Speaker Ryan from Governor Jerry Brown, a joint statement from Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, and a letter from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Despite her opposition to Governor Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels proposal, Executive Director of Restore the Delta Barbara Barrigan-Parilla said, “We are grateful to Governor Jerry Brown for speaking out to Congress in order to protect species and water quality laws essential to the health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, and all California waterways. We are also grateful to Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris for their clear and strong opposition to the bill as well.
“We are all Californians. Water management decisions are a state issue, and Representative David Valadao’s H.R. 23 is an end-run around state laws to benefit a small group of industrial agriculture irrigation districts at the expense of all other Californians. Water is a public trust resource.”


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