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house Bill H.R. 23

GROW Act: More Water to CA's Central Valley Farmers, Speeding Permits for Dams & Reservoirs

Argument in favor

California’s Central Valley needs more water, and this bill would provide that while protecting native fish species. There are also is a need for more water storage capacity, and this bill expedites the permitting process for dams and reservoirs by making the Bureau of Reclamation to eh “one-stop shop” for such permits.

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07/13/2017
Countable member G.F. said: "CA has obstructed farmers since it became a liberal state. In order to preserve a minnow, the legislature has repeatedly cut off projects to hydrate farming communities. It is in the best interest of the people that they take the initiative and DRAIN THEIR SWAMP. Until they get responsible leaders, the state will continue on it's pace of self destruction. I say, let nature reclaim this wasteland however it chooses." __________________________________ While I agree that the policies of the CA DemoCommies are the height of STUPIDITY, the only problem I can see with G.F.'s proposal to "let nature reclaim this wasteland" is the fact that CA produces a very large share of our food supply, if I'm not mistaken! If the farmers there go belly up, think what that would do to food prices! OTOH, since the DemoCommies in CA are trying to pass a bill making their entire state a SANCTUARY STATE, how about if we cut off ALL sources of federal funding to the state (especially if that bill becomes law), and offer some SUBSTANTIAL TAX RELIEF for the beleaguered farmers and ranchers! There ought to be SOME way to help the farmers and ranchers without enabling the DemoCommies' socialist agenda! I'm inclined to support this bill, primarily because of its impact on our food and water supplies. Anyway, this has passed the House. Now it's up to the Senate! For the record, Countable member Angelique brought up a VERY GOOD POINT: "How about CA quit selling their water to corporations like Neslie and other corporations who bottle the water sources/tablesup to the point they cannot replenish themselves. Yeah, not buying it and not paying for their greed with my state's share of the water. CA needs to clean up their act and quit selling their water that rightfully belongs to the people of the state to use not for lining the pockets of greedy corporate CEO's. How about introducing legislature that protects the people of the state's right to keep their water out of the hands of corporations instead?" Also, Countable member James S. posted an excellent opinion: "The Central Valley provides America with a lot of produce! The enviornmental quacks complain about the dams and they are wide open much of the time allowing snow melt from the Sierras to run stright onto the ocean! Oh yeah and to protect a couple of salmon species! Why should we be importing produce from South America when decades ago we did not! The Sierras had record snowfall this past winter and there is plenty of water of California learns how to manage it right! They are not going to get it piped out from the Great Lakes! Trust me on that!"
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LunasCrain's Opinion
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07/10/2017
ONLY for none subsidized crops, no corn, no soy, none of that. Grow real food with it!
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ALynn's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Not only do we need to do more for those who are facing water crisises, we need hold those accountable who are obstructing doing so.
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Argument opposed

Water deliveries to California’s Central Valley should remain on hold to protect the Delta smelt and other threatened native species. The permitting process for dams and reservoirs is necessarily complex because of all the federal, state, and local entities involved so a "one-stop shop" likely won't help matters.

Jsb16's Opinion
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07/08/2017
Tell Nestlé and the other bottlers to pay a market rate for the water they bottle and sell or leave California.
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Angelique's Opinion
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07/10/2017
How about CA quit selling their water to corporations like Neslie and other corporations who bottle the water sources/tablesup to the point they cannot replenish themselves. Yeah, not buying it and not paying for their greed with my state's share of the water. CA needs to clean up their act and quit selling their water that rightfully belongs to the people of the state to use not for lining the pockets of greedy corporate CEO's. How about introducing legislature that protects the people of the state's right to keep their water out of the hands of corporations instead?
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Tracey 's Opinion
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07/08/2017
This seems one sided and favors agriculture over the health of the delta and trinity river. California woks hard to balance both which must continue.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed July 12th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 230 Yea / 190 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 23?

This bill — known as the GROW Act — would look to modernize federal water policies throughout the western U.S., particularly in the state of California. It would restore water deliveries to California’s Central Valley Project that had been cut off by legal action, make the Bureau of Reclamation the “one-stop shop” for water storage project permits, and enact other reforms aimed at streamlining the construction of new dams and reservoirs.


Central Valley Project Water Reliability

This section of the bill would restore water deliveries that had been cut off by codifying the Bay-Delta accord into law. It would also reaffirm that if the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) are operated consistent with the Bay-Delta Accord then they are in compliance with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

Native species populations would be protected by allowing the removal of nonnative predatory fish in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their Delta, and allows artificially spawned Delta smelt and Chinook salmon to be counter when determining fish populations.


Other California Water Provisions

The Bureau of Reclamation would be required to complete five feasibility studies for storage projects in California by certain timelines. An administrative Wild and Scenic River designation would be prohibited from hindering the completion of the proposed Temperance Flat storage facility. Water rights seniority would be preserved as would joint operations of the CVP and SWP.

Environmental releases on the Trinity River that deplete water resources available for agriculture, municipal and industrial use, including hydropower, would be limited. Congress would also express its disapproval and opposition to violations of private property rights by the California Water Resources Control Board and expresses the need to provide reliable water supplies to municipal, industrial, and agricultural users across the state.


Water Supply Permitting Act

The permitting process for new surface water storage (ie dams and reservoirs) would be reformed to have the Bureau of Reclamation serve as the lead agency and “one-stop shop” for all reviews, analysis, statements, permits, licenses, or other required federal approvals. Reclamation would coordinate the preparation of the unified environmental documentation that will serve as the basis for all federal decisions necessary to authorize the use of federal lands, and authorize the project development and construction of qualifying projects.

Future feasibility studies by Reclamation would be required to be completed within three years after the initiation date and have a maximum federal cost of $3 million; providing for a maximum seven-year extension of that time and cost if the Interior Secretary provides a detailed justification to the non-federal project sponsor and the Congress. The secretary would also be required to expedite the completion of any ongoing feasibility studies initiated before the date of enactment.

This bill’s full title is the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act.

Impact

People who rely on water resources in California and the western states; the CVP and SWP; states; the Bureau of Reclamation; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 23

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) introduced this bill to make more water available to families, farmers, and communities in California and the western U.S. and accelerate permitting for dams and reservoirs:

“This Western drought has had devastating consequences on my constituents in California's Central Valley; our economy is stagnant and parents are struggling to provide for their children. Now, the entire country feels the consequences of this drought. While we were able to implement temporary provisions in the 114th Congress, a complete and long term agreement is still needed. My bill, the GROW Act will enact policies to expand our water infrastructure and allow for more water conveyance while protecting the water rights of users across the state.”

This legislation has the support of 14 cosponsors in the House, including 13 Republicans and one Democrat.


Of Note: The House passed a bill to make the Bureau of Reclamation the lead agency for reviewing permits for new dams and reservoirs on June 22, 2017 on a vote of 233-180.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Bureau of Reclamation / Public Domain)

AKA

Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017

Official Title

To provide drought relief in the State of California, and for other purposes.

    Countable member G.F. said: "CA has obstructed farmers since it became a liberal state. In order to preserve a minnow, the legislature has repeatedly cut off projects to hydrate farming communities. It is in the best interest of the people that they take the initiative and DRAIN THEIR SWAMP. Until they get responsible leaders, the state will continue on it's pace of self destruction. I say, let nature reclaim this wasteland however it chooses." __________________________________ While I agree that the policies of the CA DemoCommies are the height of STUPIDITY, the only problem I can see with G.F.'s proposal to "let nature reclaim this wasteland" is the fact that CA produces a very large share of our food supply, if I'm not mistaken! If the farmers there go belly up, think what that would do to food prices! OTOH, since the DemoCommies in CA are trying to pass a bill making their entire state a SANCTUARY STATE, how about if we cut off ALL sources of federal funding to the state (especially if that bill becomes law), and offer some SUBSTANTIAL TAX RELIEF for the beleaguered farmers and ranchers! There ought to be SOME way to help the farmers and ranchers without enabling the DemoCommies' socialist agenda! I'm inclined to support this bill, primarily because of its impact on our food and water supplies. Anyway, this has passed the House. Now it's up to the Senate! For the record, Countable member Angelique brought up a VERY GOOD POINT: "How about CA quit selling their water to corporations like Neslie and other corporations who bottle the water sources/tablesup to the point they cannot replenish themselves. Yeah, not buying it and not paying for their greed with my state's share of the water. CA needs to clean up their act and quit selling their water that rightfully belongs to the people of the state to use not for lining the pockets of greedy corporate CEO's. How about introducing legislature that protects the people of the state's right to keep their water out of the hands of corporations instead?" Also, Countable member James S. posted an excellent opinion: "The Central Valley provides America with a lot of produce! The enviornmental quacks complain about the dams and they are wide open much of the time allowing snow melt from the Sierras to run stright onto the ocean! Oh yeah and to protect a couple of salmon species! Why should we be importing produce from South America when decades ago we did not! The Sierras had record snowfall this past winter and there is plenty of water of California learns how to manage it right! They are not going to get it piped out from the Great Lakes! Trust me on that!"
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    Tell Nestlé and the other bottlers to pay a market rate for the water they bottle and sell or leave California.
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    How about CA quit selling their water to corporations like Neslie and other corporations who bottle the water sources/tablesup to the point they cannot replenish themselves. Yeah, not buying it and not paying for their greed with my state's share of the water. CA needs to clean up their act and quit selling their water that rightfully belongs to the people of the state to use not for lining the pockets of greedy corporate CEO's. How about introducing legislature that protects the people of the state's right to keep their water out of the hands of corporations instead?
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    Did anyone here actually read the text of the bill? I tried to, but there are so many amendments, I couldn't actually understand what the impact of this legislation would be, and knowing our congress, the title could be as misleading as a pied piper.
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    This seems one sided and favors agriculture over the health of the delta and trinity river. California woks hard to balance both which must continue.
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    The CA Central Valley doesn't need MORE water, it needs to use its water wisely by implementing efficient water usage systems. Money should be used to help farmers update their farms with new technology and systems that help reduce their water usage. FARM SMARTER NOT HARDER.
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    First of all, make the golf courses California Native - not sprinkler green. Once they don't use half of California's water any more, let's talk again.
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    CONSERVE WATER. Let's fund that!
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    Before this is decided on, California needs to throw out all of the rapacious water bottlers, who are basically stealing water from California citizens.
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    The lack of information is the MO of the current administration. Make it sound good in the title and hide what you really want to do. I have never seen a more slimy destructive congress as the republicans in the 115th. I don't trust them at all!
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    There's no summary for this legislation. Please don't make any assumptions about what the proposal is based on just the title.
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    This administration is NOT fully committed or staffed with competent officials to establish a 1stop shop for managing precious water rights. Could be a money grabbing disaster by "some" and not truly thought out for the best results for all, just my thoughts upon how little faith or trust I have in this new republic. So I vote nay, more I formation neede.
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    OMG California, learn how to manage the water you already have. Make an exchange where farmers and other large consumers can buy/sell/trade water efficiently
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    ONLY for none subsidized crops, no corn, no soy, none of that. Grow real food with it!
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    This looks like another wolf in sheep's clothing to me:destroying ecological balance in favor of profits of a few. The many who mentioned Nestle stealing water from California are spot on and it's hard to imagine any excuse for a drought stricken state to give away water for one corporation's profit. One wonders who else profits? What campaigns are being financed by Nestle to take our water? Why are the profits of the few prioritized over the needs of families desperate for water? The pattern of naming draconian measures beautiful inspiring names is particularly appalling. Beware1984.
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    Agriculture should not be given more water until they update their irrigation systems and become more water wise. Too many farmers water their crops in the blazing heat of the day, have out-of-date systems, and are not watering in ways that make the most use of the water.
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    More information, please?
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    Want to preserve water in California? Write legislation that prevents corporations like Nestle from bottling and exporting CA water. Don't write garbage legislation like this. NAY!
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    This is less about small farmers and more about industrialized agriculture. Huge corporations like Del Monte and Consolidated Brands who want to pump every last drop of water from the state. They ran an aggressive and cynical pro-Trump campaign for this very reason. In addition water bottlers like Nestle are draining wells and rivers dry and paying almost nothing for water rights. We don't need more dams, we need more responsibility and long term planning.
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    Can not tell what is actually going on in this bill! Scrap it and start it over!
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