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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.

Loraki's Opinion
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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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    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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