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Letter to a Congressman

Simple answers are short and sweet.

Jul 03, 2014

Recently the Chowchilla Water District received a letter from Congressman Jim Costa regarding imput on drought legislation being discussed in the U.S. House and Senate. The letter is addressed to Chairman Kole Upton (also on the Families Protecting the Valley Board of Directors). Simple answers are short and sweet. The letter and response are below for your information.

Kole Upton
Chowchilla Water District
Dear Kole,

As you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed legislation to address impacts resulting from the ongoing drought crisis affecting our Valley and all of California. I have been working closely with my collegues in both the House and Senate to find the common ground necessary to craft compromise legislation that can pass both chambers of the U.S. Congress. I am determined to see legislation passed that will bring meaningful relief and more water to the Valley. While much work has been done, we still have a long way to go before a final bill can pass both the House and Senate to be sent to the Presiden't desk for signature.

It is vital that compromise legislation provide meaningful relief for the Valley. My experience over years of working on California water issues has taught me that each water district has its own unique challenges and needs in order to alleviate the impacts of this water crisis on the people it serves. To this end, I request that your agency provide its priorities and requests for items that could be potentially included into any compromse legislation that may be passed into law.

Know that I am committed to reaching a compromise that will provide for passage of federal legislation to deliver more water to the Valley and reduce the harmful effects of this drought. Now more than ever, it is vital that we come together in a bipartisan way to pass a bill that works for our region and can be signed into law. I look forward to receiving your continued imput on drought relief legislation and continuing to work together for long-term solutions to provide much needed relief for our constituents in the Valley and for all Californians.

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

Honorable Jim Costa
U.S. House of Representatives
Re: San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act (HR 3964; S 2198)

Dear Representative Costa:

Thank you for your letter, and request for imput.

We have only one request: "Revise the San Joaquin River Settlement as proposed in the Valadao Bill."

If the bill does not contain that, then it is worthless for our constituents, and we recommend you oppose it.

Kole Upton
Chowchilla Water District

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