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Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

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ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010 -- (House of Representatives - July 15, 2009)

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Mr. SALAZAR. First of all, I want to thank you for your diligence in trying to help the agricultural community in California.

On June 28 of 2009, Mr. Chairman, at the request of Congressman Costa and Congressman Cardoza, the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary Salazar and Deputy Secretary Hayes, Reclamation Commissioner Connor held a public meeting to address the issues of the drought in California.

But previous to that, I want to also thank the administration for previously working on issues, because they understood that the drought was of deep concern to this country.

In April of 2009, the Department announced the allocation of $220 million of ARRA funding from the Bureau of Reclamation for water and environmental infrastructure projects in California. Of this amount, $160 million was directed to projects to address needs of the Central Valley. Allocation of $40 million will be made for drought relief actions, most of which will go to California, with final awards coming very, very soon.

Reclamation has released $134 million in water recycling and water reuse grants, of which $120 million was allocated to communities of California. Reclamation has also processed over 100 transfers, totaling 263,000 acre-feet of water to address shortages in the San Joaquin Valley.

Reclamation has also accommodated a rescheduling request by Westside and other Central Valley Water Project contractors to allow them to preserve and use prior year allocations in the sum of 250,000 acre-feet in San Luis Reservoir and 57,000 acre-feet in Millerton Lake. Secretary Salazar has also asked Deputy Secretary Hayes to coordinate Federal efforts related to California water issues.

So I just want to commend the administration for their diligence in trying to address the issues in California.

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