Rep. Jim Costa joined local, state, and federal elected officials for a celebration of the completion of the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie Project. The Intertie pipeline and pumping station links the Delta Mendota Canal to the California Aqueduct.
"Fifty years ago when President Kennedy broke ground on the San Luis Dam, he recognized that by working together can we accomplish much to meet critical needs and move the country forward," said Costa. "Today, as we mark the completion of this long-delayed project, Kennedy's words still ring true. Throughout my career, I have worked to bring greater water security to the San Joaquin Valley. This victory will bring more water to our Valley, but our fight is far from over."
Costa's work to secure earmarks and Recovery Act funding helped make the Intertie project a reality. In the FY 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, Costa passed an amendment to provide an additional $10 million dollars for Valley water projects. Over $4 million of these funds were allocated to the Intertie. Costa helped secure $15.8 million in Recovery Act funding.
"The Intertie was stuck in a bureaucratic backlog for years, but we kept pushing for funding for the simple reason that more water equals more jobs," said Costa. "Through the Recovery Act and other federal funding we were able to make this project a reality."
Costa also called the completion of the Intertie a success but urged additional actions to bring greater water reliability to the Valley.
"While the completion of the Intertie is a win for our Valley, there is much work to be done to guarantee that we get our fair share of water," said Costa. "The spirit of cooperation that put the Intertie project back on track will be necessary for the battles ahead. Working together we can address our short- and long-term water needs from fighting bureaucratic processes that limit the water that flows into the Delta to larger projects like raising Shasta and building Temperance Flat."