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Congressman Huffman introduces bill to help drought

With drought conditions as bad as they’ve ever been on record, Congressman Jared Huffman believes we can operate our reservoirs in a much more efficient manner. The bill called, The Forecast Act, would change the way reservoirs are managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Huffman said, quote:

“2013 was California’s driest year since we started keeping records in 1849; before we were even a state; challenging everything from our water supply, food supply, fish and wildlife recovery, to recreation. In the face of droughts and other extreme weather events, our cities, farmers, and environment rely on the accurate and logical operation of our reservoirs. But, it makes no sense that we are still operating our reservoirs based on obsolete sixty-year-old manuals. It’s time we started using modern science and weather forecasting and The Forecast Act will be a critical move towards improving our reservoir operations and reducing waste.”

Huffman’s district includes several towns that are at risk of running out of water, including the towns of Healdsburg, Cloverdale and Willits. Those cities were recently named by the California Department of Public Health as vulnerable drinking water systems. Additionally, Huffman and other house democrats  requested an emergency hearing of the house Natural Resources Committee to discuss the drought devastating western states.