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Committee to Hold Field Hearing on Immediate and Long-Term Relief for Drought-Impacted San Joaquin Valley


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2014 - The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing in Fresno, California on Wednesday, March 19th entitled “California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions.”

The San Joaquin Valley is once again suffering from drought conditions exacerbated by unworkable federal regulations that put the needs of a 3-inch fish over people. The House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 3964) to help resolve this situation. That bill, along with another bill (S. 2016), is now pending in the U.S. Senate. Although Senate action hasn’t been announced on either bill, a number of House Members recently stated that they stand ready to negotiate with the Senate to bring relief to the San Joaquin Valley.

In the interim, this field hearing is designed to focus on the need to resolve differences in order to bring immediate and long-term water supplies to the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of California. This field hearing is also based on the request of Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) and other requests (see here and here).

WHAT: Full Committee oversight field hearing on:
“California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions”

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10:00 AM PDT

WHERE: Fresno City Council Chambers 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93721

Visit the Committee Calendar for additional information, once it is made available. The meeting is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at /live.

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Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

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