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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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July 31, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced “W21: Water in the 21st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, businesses and local water agencies to conserve, recycle and manage limited water supplies.

May 23, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on last night’s passage of S. 2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act:

May 20, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the passage of the Final Conference Report of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA):

May 13, 2014 Press Release

(San Dimas, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) spoke at the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce’s legislative forum at the San Dimas Community Hospital.

“Thank you for inviting me here this morning to discuss the most salient issues affecting our region,” Napolitano told the audience. “Whether it involves local transportation projects or challenges to small business growth, my dedicated staff and I are committed to working across all sectors to find solutions. It is a privilege to represent this area and to make your voices heard in Washington.”

March 24, 2014 Press Release

(Baldwin Park, CA) On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano hosted a forum to update local residents on the EPA Superfund site cleanup in Baldwin Park, where groundwater contamination has affected the San Gabriel Basin for over 35 years. 

March 14, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Natural Resources Committee Member, introduced H.R. 4258, the SECURE Water Amendments Act, legislation extending the authority of the water conservation and sustainability program, which also includes Hawaii’s eligibility to compete for the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART grants.

March 12, 2014 Press Release
Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), in conjunction with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), hosted a Congressional briefing on the impacts drought is having on California’s economy and the policies that are needed to improve water supply reliability in the short- and long-term.
February 27, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement on the Senate Confirmation of Michael Connor as Deputy Secretary for the Department of the Interior:

“Today’s confirmation of Mike Connor as Deputy Secretary is great and very welcome news. Mike has dedicated his career to the protection and management of our most precious natural resources, especially water. Congratulations, Deputy Secretary Connor, and we look forward to working with you in your new capacity.”

February 5, 2014 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) The following statement was issued today by Democratic Reps. Grace Napolitano (CA-32), George Miller (CA-11), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Maxine Waters (CA-43), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ami Bera (CA-07), John Garamendi (CA-03), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Adam Schiff (CA-28), and Juan Vargas (CA-51):

January 30, 2014 Press Release

(La Verne, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano spoke at the University of La Verne’s Water Technology Conference on 2014 legislative priorities for water and energy. She outlined steps that Congress can take to address California’s water management issues and increase access to water technology.