GOP lawmakers introduce revised federal drought relief bill

Jun 25, 2015 3:18 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican members of California's congressional delegation are tackling drought relief again.

The bill introduced Thursday by Republican congressman David Valadao of Hanford comes closer to what Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushed through the Senate last year, but there are also considerable differences.

The bill ditches past efforts to run California's two primary water distribution systems without having to consider the Endangered Species Act.

Instead, the bill requires certain levels of water to move through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta's pumps unless reducing water flow is necessary to ensure the survival of a species.

Still, the GOP-led bill would scrap efforts to restore a Chinook salmon fishery in the San Joaquin River. That was the goal of a 2006 lawsuit settlement.

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