It is winding its way through Congress like a bad case of indigestion.
HR-1837, also known as The San Joaquin Water Reliability Act, recently had the formal mark-up treatment just prior to being sent to the House of Representatives for a full vote. It is widely expected to pass the house and be sent to the Senate.
The bill should be renamed, The States Rights Repeal Act, because it essentially would repeal existing law regarding the use of water from the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley and reallocates that water in a way that elevates agricultural uses above all other water needs, including municipal, fisheries and environmental uses. If enacted, H.R. 1837 would set an unprecedented standard of state preemption, environmental disregard, and the privatization of a public resource for the benefit of a select few. The legislation SHOULD BE REJECTED.
This Salmon Water Now video takes a look at some of the comments made by the promoters of the bill that make us ask, “really”?
There is still time to let your elected members of Congress know that cooler, and smarter heads should prevail. Today the House, tomorrow the Senate. Reach out by phone and e-mail to your congressman and Senator. They need to hear from you that HR-1837 needs to be put down, for good.