Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-38) was re-appointed Chair of the House Water & Power Subcommittee. She is also the sixth ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.
The Water & Power Subcommittee has jurisdiction over crucial areas of water policy, including irrigation and water recycling for seventeen Western states and the hydropower grid for the entire United States. As Chair, Rep. Napolitano pledged to continue to a strong federal investment in our long term water infrastructure, especially in the critical areas of conservation and recycling, while providing a stimulus for job development and creation.
"Water conservation and recycling projects are vital to the long term economic future of our communities - businesses cannot prosper without a secure supply of water," said the Congresswoman. "It is also the key to avoiding costly customer rate increases."
She added, "I thank Chairman Rahall for his leadership and steadfast protection of our nation's natural resources. I look forward to working with him and other subcommittee chairs and with the new direction from the administration to be more protective of our nation's precious resources, especially from the impact of global warming."