Valadao introduces major water bill


Hanford Sentinel

Seth Nidever, Staff Reporter

HANFORD – Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, has introduced a major new water bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that could increase the flow of Northern California water to Kings County.

Valadao announced the legislation Tuesday.

"This Western drought has had devastating consequences on my constituents in California's Central Valley," Valadao said in a written statement. "My bill ... will enact policies to expand our water infrastructure and allow for more water conveyance while protecting the rights of water users across the state."

The bill attempts to ease environmental flow restrictions that have limited water deliveries to western Kings County that pass through the imperiled ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta.

Farmers use the water to grow crops.

A press release issued by Valadao's Washington, D.C. office stated that the bill would also "cut red tape holding back major water storage projects that have been authorized for over a decade, which will aid the entire Western U.S. during dry years."