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California Political Leaders Seek Federal Funds for Water Recycling, Desalination and Storage

Date: December 04, 2018

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, are leading the push to fold an extension of expiring provisions in the 2016 Water Infrastructure for Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into the year-end spending bill that Congress must pass this month. And on November 29, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his support of the plan.

Over the next five years, the WIiN Act extension would provide $100 million in federal funding for water recycling, $60 million for desalination projects, and $670 million for water storage projects. The package also includes a provision extending provisions that allow the Bureau of Reclamation more flexibility over water releases into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a controversial provision that Governor Brown had endorsed, but that is opposed by some environmental groups. It is unclear whether the package will be included in an omnibus appropriations package Congress is currently negotiating. The WateReuse Association has urged Congress to reauthorize Title XVI-WIIN program and provide it with $250 million over five years.

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