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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Thompson, McNerney, Matsui Statement on California WaterFix Secretarial Order

Jan 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington – Today, Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), and Doris Matsui (CA-06) reacted to the Secretarial Order from outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that outlines actions for the next administration to take to address the effects of drought and climate change on California's water supply and listed species. The order provides a timeline and directions to the new administration for the construction of the WaterFix tunnels:

“The proposed WaterFix tunnels threaten to decimate the Delta’s ecosystem, destroy thousands of jobs, and risk the livelihoods of countless Californians. We were deeply disappointed to see Secretary Jewell and the Obama administration make this a priority despite repeated assurances that they did not support this project. The tunnels are a narrow-minded approach that will do great harm to the Delta region, and should not become a top-priority for the next administration.”