Rep. Grace F. Napolitano is a strong advocate for securing clean, inexpensive water supply that we can rely on even in times of drought. She has fought for increased water recycling, improved water conservation, and environmental protections for our natural sources of drinking water.
Napolitano has recently coauthored two bipartisan bills to assist with the Los Angeles County Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the State Regional Water Quality Control Board:
1. H.R. 2355, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, would provide regulatory flexibility and affordability assistance to cities with the implementation of Clean Water Act permits. It is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties.
2. H.R. 2510, the Water Quality and Job Creation Act, provides funds to support cities in implementing the LA County MS4 permit, as well as improve water supply infrastructure to manage future droughts. The bill provides $4.85 billion in EPA grants and $20 billion in EPA loans for cities and local agencies to construct storm water projects, water recycling and reuse projects, groundwater recharge projects, and water pollution control projects.
In 2010, Napolitano introduced H.R. 4349, the Hoover Dam Power Allocation Act, which would authorize the Hoover Dam to continue operating for another 60 years and give Native American tribes and other groups new access to its power. The Hoover Dam provides electricity for 29 million people, and Lake Mead, the body of water behind the dam, is a critical source of water for millions of Californians. President Obama signed the legislative language into law on Dec. 20, 2011.
Napolitano has been a long-time champion for cleaning up local groundwater and making it safe to drink. She has helped secure more than $80 million in federal funds for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund, which pumps water out of the ground at several San Gabriel Valley Facilities and removes chemical contaminants potentially hazardous to human health.
Since 1999, Napolitano has worked to ensure the removal of a dangerous, 16 million-ton mass of uranium waste near the Colorado River in the town of Moab, Utah. This heap of uranium waste was leeching into the river and posed a health threat to the 38 million people in California, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states who get their water from the Colorado River. Napolitano supported increased clean-up funding which was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and to date 4.5 million tons have been safely disposed of, with cleanup estimated to be finished in 2019.
Napolitano has also opposed efforts to weaken clean water regulations. In 2011, she opposed H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, which would have lowered national clean water standards. She believes environmental water regulations that protect human health should remain strong and our drinking water must be kept free from contamination.
Napolitano is a member and former top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans. She has served on the Natural Resources Committee throughout her tenure in Congress.
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(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed FY20 Appropriations bills, which included funding secured by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) for local clean water and drinking projects, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, and life-saving mental health services.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, H.R. 1497, the Water Quality and Job Creation Act, sponsored by Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), Don Young (R-AK-At Large), and John Katko (R-NY-24), unanimously passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure during a full committee markup.
Before those testifying could get a turn, some committee members weighed in. Committee Chair Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-California, questioned the process and actions taken by the EPA.
The EPA on July 2 said the draft EIS lacked critical information on potential risks to Bristol Bay’s watershed. Later that month, the EPA removed an Obama administration proposal that mine supporters called a “preemptive veto.” The EPA has since been sued over this step.
In April 2019, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio, Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano, Subcommittee Ranking Member Bruce Westerman, and Congressman Mike Kelly introduced H.R. 2396 the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, which would unlock billions in already collected fees to maintain the nation’s Federal ports and harbors.
This morning in Washington D.C., the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hosted an oversight hearing to look into critical issues surrounding the permitting process for the proposed Pebble Mine. Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay wishes to thank committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairwoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), co-chairs of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for shining a light on Pebble’s deeply flawed and rushed permitting process.
“The successful roundtable kicked off our subcommittee’s discussion for the blueprint of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020,” said Napolitano. “There is nothing like being able to see firsthand the important role that water plays in a community, and Florida served as a great location to see the Army Corps of Engineers’ key mission areas of navigation, flood control, and ecosystem restoration in action.
In its effort to establish a new, drought-proof source of water that could serve a half-million Southern California homes, the Metropolitan Water District on Thursday, Oct. 10 unveiled a $17 million pilot plant that will bring wastewater to drinkable standards.
Water from the trial project in Carson will not be piped to customers – it will be put back with regularly treated wastewater and pumped into the ocean.
The Pebble Partnership says the early veto, issued before Pebble applied for its permits, was unfair and bad public policy. In a separate development, a U.S. House Transportation subcommittee has announced it will hold a hearing on the Pebble project this month. It will be chaired by Rep. Grace Napolitano D-Calif. She has accused the Trump administration of playing a “shell game” in favor of granting the Pebble permits.
The evening consisted of a short speaking program and ceremonial ribbon cutting, honoring the legacy of the facility. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano served as the keynote speaker, with over 150 water industry professionals, elected officials, environmental organizations and esteemed guests gathering at the facility to recognize the District’s vision for regional water sustainability through the District’s enhanced recycled water program.