Today, Representative Kevin McCarthy (CA), with support from Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA), is working to add a last-minute anti-environmental “rider” to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill that would jeopardize funding aimed at helping Flint, Michigan, replace its lead-contaminated water system.
The following is a statement by Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice:
“The crisis in Flint began more than two years ago, and the community there has yet to receive the federal relief they deserve. Now, in an outrageous move, much-needed Flint funding is being held hostage by anti-environmental legislation. Proposed changes to the WRDA bill would gut environmental protections in California’s Bay-Delta, threatening thousands of West Coast fishing jobs, water quality, and the very existence of salmon and other endangered species. This backroom deal affecting California water supplies was negotiated without input from fishing communities, conservation groups, farmers in the Delta, or other stakeholders who would be adversely affected. This damaging language should be dropped from the bill.”