American Rivers * California Coastkeeper Alliance * Center for Biological Diversity * Center for Food Safety * Clean Water Action * Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation
* Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * Endangered Species Coalition * Environmental Action Committee of West Marin * Environmental Defense Fund * Epic-Environmental Protection Information Center * Friends of the Earth * Klamath Forest Alliance * League of Conservation Voters * Los Padres ForestWatch * National Audubon Society * National Parks Conservation Association * Natural Resources Defense Council * Northcoast Environmental Center * The Wilderness Society *
July 17, 2015 (Download the letter here)
The Honorable Jared Huffman
U.S. House of Representatives
1630 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Re: Support for H.R. 2983’s innovative drought solutions that will benefit communities, farmers, and the environment.
Dear Representative Huffman:
On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our support for H.R. 2983, your recently introduced legislation that provides real drought solutions that will benefit California’s communities, farmers, and the environment. Instead of blaming the environment and pitting certain water users against others like H.R. 2898, H.R. 2983 would provide new investments in lasting water solutions, growing the economy while also protecting our rivers, wildlife, and the thousands of jobs that depend on them.
H.R. 2983 authorizes and helps fund innovative water supply measures like water recycling and stormwater capture and focuses on improving outdated, inefficient water-related infrastructure. Investments in these modern water supply solutions could create millions of acre feet of new water supply for cities and farms in California and across the west, taking pressure off of imperiled rivers and streams and providing a more drought resistant water supply. The bill also authorizes improved management of existing surface water reservoirs, watershed restoration, and projects to reduce evaporative losses from existing infrastructure.