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July 13, 2017

Earthjustice: California Water Bill Is A Grab-Bag Of Terrible Ideas

Measure that cleared the House would override crucial Endangered Species Act protections and undercut NEPA safeguards

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Rob Friedlander, Earthjustice, (202) 797-5249

Washington, D.C.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the so-called Gaining Responsibility on Water Act.

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Legislative Director – Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans Marjorie Mulhall: “This bill is a grab-bag of terrible ideas that would undercut California’s ability to protect and manage its own water and wildlife resources. Not only would this measure override crucial Endangered Species Act protections for West Coast salmon and other native fish species, it would also undercut National Environmental Policy Act safeguards by drastically curtailing public and environmental reviews of new infrastructure projects in Western states. We will stand arm-in-arm with our allies in Congress to make sure the Senate stops this bill dead in its tracks.”

Waterways and sloughs meandering through The Delta in California.

Farms along the Delta in California.

Paul Hames / California Department of Water Resources

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