California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions, Oversight Field Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 19, 2014 [open pdf - 625KB]
This is the May 19, 2014 hearing titled 'California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions' held before the Committee on Natural Resources before the House of Representatives. The following is from the opening statement of the Honorable Doc Hastings, "Entire agriculture economies and ways of life grew around our ability to irrigate these once-dormant lands. In our regions, respective regions, food grows where water flows. Conversely, communities wither and die when the water spigot stops. As many of you know, this is an all-too-familiar occurrence here in the San Joaquin Valley. And, if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere in the Western United States, including my home area. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, I have painfully watched the cycle that has gone on over here for the past several years. In 2009 and 2010, a man-made drought brought this region to its knees, where communities experienced 40 percent unemployment and food lines handed out Chinese-produced carrots to the victims of senseless regulatory drought. That followed, then, with two good years of water. During those relatively good times, the House passed a comprehensive bill--and, I might add, every Member on this dais voted for that bill--that was intended to ensure that man-made drought never returned. Unfortunately, that bill fell on deaf ears in the Senate and by this administration. And so now we are back yet with another drought, and this one could be far more catastrophic than the previous one." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Janelle Beland, Sylvia Chavez, Tom Coleman, George Delgado, Jeff Denham, Steve Knell, Kevin McCarthy, David Murillo, Devin Nunes, Larry Starrh, Kole Upton, David Valadao, and Mark Watte.
House Hearing 113-63; Serial Number 113-63
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