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Action Alert: Tell Your Representatives to Oppose HR3964

Take action now.

Tell your congressional representatives to oppose HR3964, dangerous legislation being put forward by southern San Joaquin Valley congressmen using the drought as an excuse to play politics with California’s water management challenges.

This bill by Representative David Valadao of Hanford is being described as an “Emergency Water Delivery Act,” ignoring the fact that there is no water to deliver and that they over pumped the Delta last year by 800,000 acre feet, when they should have been holding water for an extended dry period.

Like similar legislation (HR1837) that died in the Senate two years ago, HR3964 would reduce water quality and water reliability for Delta communities and Delta farmers. According to Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, an expert on Delta water quality issues: “It seeks to ensure water flows to agribusiness in the western and southern San Joaquin Valley at the expense of smaller Delta family farmers.”

If passed, this law also would:

  • Strip Endangered Species protections for iconic salmon and other ?endangered species which are required under both California state law and federal ?law.
  • Overturn the court approved San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement ?Act which, after twenty years of litigation, provided water for the San Joaquin River and salmon. The Settlement and the Act were supported by all parties to the litigation and numerous water districts in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Gut the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, which requires compliance with state law, encourages water conservation, makes modest reforms to reduce water subsidies, and contributes water for the recovery of endangered fish species.
  • Override current protection for the Merced River under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and modify water contracts for certain contractors to provide significantly more water than they are entitled to under their current contracts.


Tell your representatives to resist this effort to use California’s drought to justify a water grab taking water from one region of the state to benefit unsustainable agricultural practices in another region.

  • Call your house representatives:
    • District-CA 11: Representative George Miller : (202) 225-2095
    • District-CA 5: Representative Mike Thompson: (202) 225-3311
    • District-CA 6: Representative Doris Matsui : (202) 225-7163
    • District-CA 3: Representative John Garamendi: (202) 225-1880
    • District-CA 9: Representative Jerry McNerney: (202) 225-1947
    • District-CA 7: Representative Ami Bera: (202) 225-5716
  • Email your house representatives:
    • Email Representative George Miller (CA-11)
    • Email  Representative Mike Thompson (CA-5)
    • Email Representative Doris Matsui (CA-6)
    • Email Representative John Garamendi (CA-3)
    • Email Representative Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
    • Email Representative Ami Bera
  • Send a postal letter to your house representatives:
    • The Honorable George Miller, 2205 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • The Honorable Mike Thompson, 231 Cannon Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    • The Honorable Doris Matsui, 2434 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515
    • The Honorable John Garamendi, 2438 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • The Honorable Jerry McNerney, 1210 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • The Honorable Ami Bera, 1408 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

In addition to contacting your representatives, we encourage you to use social media to also send a message to your house representatives to oppose HR3964, with hashtags #savethedelta #stopthetunnels, or #HR3964.

  • Post on Facebook profiles:
    • Post to Rep. George Miller on Facebook
    • Post to Rep. Mike Thompson on Facebook
    • Post to Rep. Doris Matsui on Facebook
    • Post to Rep. John Garamendi on Facebook
    • Post to Rep. Jerry McNerney on Facebook
    • Post to Rep. Ami Bera on Facebook
  • Tweet a message on Twitter profiles:

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  • Pat Snelling
    February 4, 2014, 1:10 am

    The House Subcommittee Water and Power are having a “Discussion” on Feb. 5th about HR 3980 (Permits for Underground storage–for Water contractors) and HR 3981 (Prepay the Underground storage for the Water Contractors) …

    (It’s useless for me to call my Congressman Tom McClintock…. He’s the W&P Chair and ignores my calls and questions at Town meetings.. He is having a “conference call,” in an hour….. go to http://www.mcclintock.house.gov and click on the “Tom McClintock Tele-Town Hall: “Sign Up Now” link in the upper right-hand corner of the home page, fill out the form, and push send. He hasn’t taken my call yet…. .)

  • Donna Watson
    February 4, 2014, 2:14 am

    Now is without a doubt the worst time to proceed with the tunnels plan.Actually, the plan should be scrapped. This drought may last a decade or more as droughts have in the past. We need water for people, animals, and crops; not for a greedy, mindless, heartless venture which WILL bring gloom and doom. We need money to feed and care for people and the land. Most people of the state are terrified. This plan is mad science.

  • February 4, 2014, 4:26 am

    Last year was dry. While others paid attention to the situation, political pressure from Western San Joaquin Valley Ag interests led to the draining of much of our reserves and giving an additional 800K acre feet to Westlands and the Metropolitan Water District. We had better think about what will happen if we follow down that path again. While not in the valley, we do have a small family orchard and received 0.15 in of rain in December, 0.1 inch in January and o.1 in so far in February. I can’t afford a repeat of 2013 and neither can anyone in CA.