Perspectives on California Water Supply: Challenges and Opportunities, Oversight Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, Monday, January 25, 2010, in Los Angeles, California   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Grace F. Napolitano: "We are here today to continue a discussion, and this will not be the last of our hearings in Southern California, in an attempt to clarify California's water status, the water situation that over the past three years has been intensifying and reaching a dangerous and critical point. The dilemma we face in Washington is how can we work together to meet the challenge cooperatively and in a civil manner; that is, without litigation. [...] Today we are going to have three panels discuss three different aspects of the water issues in California. The first panel will discuss the Federal and State approach to the current water solution. This will include a discussion of the State of California's state water plan, followed by a discussion of the November historic water legislation. [...] The second panel will focus on the issues associated with water delivery to the citizens of Southern California. This will include discussions associated with the water delivery reductions from the two primary water supply sources of Southern California, imports from Northern California and water supplied from the Colorado River system, and the impacts associated with recent court decisions and what constraints this puts on supplying the water to the citizens of the land. [...] The last panel will address the science and information needs that can help Federal, State and local water managers make better decisions, and identify specific local and regional impacts to the urban water users, to the fishermen, and to the farmers. We will use today's hearing to discuss, listen and, hopefully, learn more about the water crisis in all of California, and the coordinated efforts to address it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ken Calvert, Judy Chu, Jim Costa, Tom McClintock, Grace F. Napolitano, Congressional Research Service Report titled "California Drought: Hydrological and Regulatory Water Supply Issues", Brian J. Brady, Anna Caballero, Larry Collins, Michael Connor, Joe L. Del Bosque, Lucy Dunn, Jay Famiglietti, Peter H. Gleick, Jeffery Kightlinger, Miguel A. Luna, Dan Parks, Lester A. Snow, and Maureen Stapleton.

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