Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 2898 - Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Jul 14, 2015 3:49 PM

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Bera (CA), DeSaulnier (CA), Swalwell (CA), McNerney (CA)


Delays implementation of the act until it is determined that it will not have a negative impact on the quantity, quality, and safety of drinking water in the California Delta region.

Calvert (CA), LaMalfa (CA), Denham (CA), Valadao (CA)


LATE REVISED Creates a more balanced approach between user group interests on the Restoration Fund Advisory Board by adding a seat for a member representing a wildlife entity that primarily focuses on waterfowl.

Costa (CA)


Updates and modernizes federal and non-federal reservoir operations to incorporate improved scientific understanding and increase water storage capability for drought impacted communities.

Costa (CA)


Prioritizes drought impacted areas of the United States for training grounds for military units with domestic water well drilling capability.

Costa (CA)


Requires the Secretary of the Interior to publish an annual report detailing the instream flows released for the Central Valley Project and measured outcomes as a result of those flows.

DeFazio (OR), Huffman (CA)


REVISED Prevents any provision of the act (except section 313 and title IX) from being implemented if the Pacific Fishery Management Council certifies that it could reduce employment or recreational opportunities for commercial or sport fishermen.

Garamendi (CA)


Prohibits certain permit streamlining from applying to the CA Water Fix, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Garamendi (CA)


Directs the Secretaries to collaborate with the California Department of Water Resources to install a fish screen at the Delta Cross Channel Gates.

Garamendi (CA)


Directs the Secretaries to begin a feasibility study for the installation of a fish screen at the Tracy pumps.

Garamendi (CA)


REVISED Requires Reclamation to take into account the impact of changes in water operations or project construction on Delta levees, in order to ensure the critical flow of fresh water through the Delta.

Grijalva (AZ)


Funds water reclamation programs and water reuse projects so that the Bureau of Reclamation may investigate more opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water in the 17 Western states and Hawaii.

Grijalva (AZ)


Requires the Secretary of the Interior to determine the cost of climate change-related impacts on water supplies for each geographic basin studied.

Hahn (CA)


WITHDRAWN Clarifies that Fish and Wildlife is not limited by any provision of this bill to change water flows immediately if the agency finds that there is a detrimental impact to local fish and wildlife. The agency must provide documentation for the change, but is not required to list viable alternatives.

Hahn (CA)


REVISED Directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a study of the viability of creating a regional and national water pipeline system between federal reservoirs.

Hahn (CA)


Adds a sense of Congress that federal agency buildings shall follow state and local government water conservation measures.

Huffman (CA)


Establishes that nothing in this Act shall take effect until it is determined that none of the provisions will preempt or modify the application of California law.

Huffman (CA)


Strikes from the act a specific clause that preempts and redefines California Fish and Game Code.

Huffman (CA)


Amends the “Water Rights Protection” Title so that the protections apply to the entire bill.

Huffman (CA)


LATE Establishes that the act will not take effect until it is certified that implementation will not negatively impact Indian tribal water rights.

Huffman (CA)


LATE Clarifies that the Secretary of the Interior has already complied with section 3408(j) of Title XXXIV of Public Law 102-575 by submitting a report to Congress for the low-cost plan to increase yields within the Central Valley Project, and that it is the responsibility of Congress to consider and authorize the implementation of this and its individual projects.

LaMalfa (CA), Walden (OR)


Improves due process by providing contractors of a federal water project in California and Oregon ESA applicant status, ensuring that contractors are properly informed of and may provide input to ESA consultations that may impact operations of the project.

LaMalfa (CA)


Speeds development of a new surface water facility by consolidating needed land with the lead agency, a local water utility. The project will be locally funded and operated.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Updates feasibility study completion requirements to align with a recently-signed MOU between the project joint powers authority and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Lowenthal (CA), Peters, Scott (CA), Lieu (CA)


Adds a finding that scientific research has found anthropogenic warming to be a significant drought amplifier in California.

McClintock (CA)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT Makes one technical change and one clarifying change to the bill.

McNerney (CA), DeSaulnier (CA), Garamendi (CA), Costa (CA)


Adds water hyacinth to the list of invasive species to be considered for the pilot project established under the legislation.

McNerney (CA)


Establishes that nothing in the Act can take effect if the Secretary of the Interior determines that it will have a harmful effect on water quality, water availability, and salinity intrusion for agricultural producers in the five Delta counties.

McNerney (CA)


Establishes that nothing in the Act can take effect if the Secretary of the Interior determines that it will result in a reduction in agricultural employment and recreational opportunities for the five Delta Counties in California.

Peters, Scott (CA)


REVISED Ensures that the Act will not adversely affect any community’s water supply or water budget especially during predicted dry years.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)


Establishes an independent task force to evaluate the impact of the drought on communities and the economy as well as make further recommendations on short-term and long-term solutions.