Congressman Bera offers amendment to protect Sacramento County water

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. will offer an amendment today to protect Sacramento County from the so-called Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, a misguided effort that would not actually address the drought, and only takes much-needed water from one area of our state and sends it to another.

 Bera’s amendment adds protections to the bill for the five California Delta Counties by ensuring the bill does not have a harmful effect on the quality, quantity, or safety of drinking water supplies for residents.

 “California is experiencing the worst water crisis in our modern history, and many families, small businesses, and farmers throughout the state are being impacted,” said Bera. “But this bill falsely holds the promise of water relief that cannot be delivered, because the water simply does not exist. Instead of this politically-motivated water grab, we need to sit down, Democrats and Republicans, and work to find solutions that do not sacrifice one region, for another. My amendment would ensure that this act cannot take effect until it’s guaranteed that it won’t negatively impact the quantity, quality, and safety of drinking water in our region.” 

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County.