Last week the Western States Water Council (WSWC), an organization consisting of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states, formally announced their “strong opposition” to House Resolution 1837 (Nunes). In a letter written to the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power, WSWC calls H.R. 1837 “an unwarranted intrusion on the right of the states to allocate and administer rights to the use of state water resources.”
This is yet another blow to a bill surrounded in controversy and negative press. Since the bill was introduced, State and Federal senior law makers, the state of California, State and Federal biologists, environmental groups and now WSWC have all arisen in opposition to a bill designed to annihilate protections for endangered species in the California Delta.
On the federal level, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wrote,
“This legislation would undo ongoing broad-based collaborative initiatives that have been underway for many years to solve some of California’s most significant water issues.” In California, the Secretary of the state Natural Resources Agency, in his testimony to the Subcommittee on Water and Power said, the Nunes bill would “overturn 100 years of water law.”
Congress is on recess until September. Until then, write your representative today to voice your opposition to H.R. 1837!