Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

House Passes National Security Appropriations Package

2017/07/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act., which is a package of four appropriations bills that provide funding for the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Legislative Branch. The package also includes funding to secure the U.S. southern border.

LaMalfa said: “This appropriations package prioritizes three things – rebuilding our military, caring for our veterans, and strengthening our national security. I am confident that this spending package will help to protect Americans – that includes securing vulnerable areas of our southern border that currently allow anyone to come and go as they please. Our troops will receive their largest pay raise in eight years and the VA will receive its highest ever level of funding to support the needs of our veterans. As a bonus for Northern California, the EPA will now be authorized to withdraw the overreaching Waters of the United States rule that has affected so many farmers in rural areas. This legislation is a huge step forward for our national security, our economy, and America’s capabilities around the globe.”

H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act:

Department of Defense – $658.1 billion

  • Fully funds 2.4% pay raise for troops – the largest in eight years.
  • $68.1 billion base funding for DOD.
  • $73.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to maintain U.S. military superiority.
  • $241 billion for readiness programs (training, equipment, facility maintenance, and base operations).
  • $84.3 billion for research and development.
  • $$149.9 billion for equipment and weapons procurement.
  • Raises troop levels, modernizes equipment, and targets resources for the development of new military capabilities.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – $88.8 billion

  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA’s highest ever level of funding.
  • $10.2 billion for construction of critical military infrastructure.
  • Supports medical care for 7 million VA patients.
  • $8.4 billion for VA mental health care services.
  • $7.3 billion for homeless veterans support and job training.
  • $50 million for opioid abuse prevention.
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Naval Station.

Energy and Water Development – $37.6 billion

  • Strengthens national security by increasing funding to $13.9 billion for DOE’s nuclear weapons program.
  • $6.16 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to improve public safety and create jobs – including $2.8 billion for navigation projects and $1.8 billion for flood and storm reduction activities.
  • Invests in DOE programs to move the U.S. towards energy independence.
  • Authorizes the EPA to withdraw the burdensome Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Homeland Security – $1.6 billion

  • Provides $1.6 billion to secure the southern border.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Supports Bill to Continue and Expand Teaching Health Center Program

2017/07/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) as an original cosponsor of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017, which will reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program for three years.

In March of 2015, Rep. LaMalfa successfully led an effort to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Program, which supports the training of primary care physicians and dentists in our rural and underserved areas. California has multiple Teaching Health Center programs, including the Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA. A signed copy of the letter is attached.

LaMalfa said: “Strengthening our physician workforce has been a priority of mine since coming to Congress. In the North State, we have a severe shortage of physicians, resulting in less access to vital healthcare services and fewer options available to families and individuals, regardless of their health care coverage. The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program is a powerful tool in creating a physician and dentist pipeline helping rural and underserved areas train and retain more qualified health professionals. I am very proud to work with my colleagues on H.R. 3394, the Next generation of Primary Care Doctor’s Act, which provides an important solution to the growing primary care shortages in Northern California and across our country.

Dean Germano, the CEO of Shasta Community Health Center’s Family Practice Teaching Health Center that trains Family Physicians noted, “Research shows that nearly 70% of physicians locate within 100 miles of where they train in Residency. By creating and funding these Residency Training programs in Primary Care, we increase the odds of them staying there over the long term.”

Doreen Bradshaw, the Executive Director of the Health Alliance of Northern California, said: “We recently conducted a survey of our local physicians in Shasta County and discovered that a distressing number of them are nearing retirement over the next five years. The Teaching Health Center program must be one of the pillars that we lean on in the years ahead to ensure that rural and underserved communities such as ours are able to maintain, if not improve access to quality primary care.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Votes to Impose New Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea

2017/07/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which imposes new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill also gives Congress the authority to review any change in sanctions involving Russia.

LaMalfa said: “America has no shortage of dangerous adversaries around the world. Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism that continues to be a direct threat to our strong ally Israel, as well as American interests. Russia continues to undermine the sovereignty of both its neighbors and the U.S., while North Korea has further escalated attempts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of threatening the U.S. and our allies. Each of these countries pose a serious threat to American interests, and these new sanctions will hold them accountable for their actions. Ultimately, Congress should have the final say when it comes to placing or removing sanctions on any foreign country, and this bipartisan legislation begins to establish that. Had this policy been in place during the last administration, Congress could have stopped the horrible Iran deal that gave billions to Iran and allowed them to develop nuclear weapons – while putting them on the fast track towards obtaining intercontinental ballistic missiles. I hope the Senate and the President act quickly to move this important legislation forward and send a strong message to our adversaries.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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House Passes Legislation to Modernize America’s Energy Infrastructure

2017/07/19

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on several pieces of legislation that will help modernize and advance America’s energy infrastructure.

LaMalfa said: “In recent years, lack of coordination between federal agencies has delayed many important infrastructure projects – the recent Keystone XL pipeline immediately comes to mind. These delays are often unnecessary and only serve to hinder job growth. We decided to streamline this process by establishing a more transparent and efficient review process for new energy infrastructure projects. The House has also asserted the authority to delay implementation of the EPA’s ozone standards, which are a one-size-fits-all solution that won’t work for rural areas, where states still have no idea how to comply. I am glad that Congress and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are on the same page – America is in great need of more modern and more efficient energy infrastructure.”

This week, the House passed:
 
H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017.
  • This legislation allows states to pursue technologically feasible and economically practical implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest ozone standards. Many of these standards are not attainable for rural areas and often add costs to areas that already have clean air. H.R. 806 delays the implementation of these standards so that states who will implement these policies have input in developing them.
H.R. 2910, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act.
  • This legislation encourages a timelier and more efficient review of natural gas pipelines by strengthening the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) role as the lead agency in the review process.
H.R. 2883, the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act.
  • This legislation establishes coordinated procedures to authorize construction and operation of oil and gas pipelines or electric transmission facilities that cross the U.S. border to Mexico or Canada. Under this legislation, FERC would review oil and natural gas pipelines, while the Department of Energy would review electric transmission facilities.
H.R. 2786, to amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility.
  • This bill dramatically streamlines and accelerates permitting of hydroelectric generation within existing pipelines, canals, and conduits. Under current law, installing a small hydroelectric generator in an existing canal requires the same amount of review as a large new dam.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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LaMalfa Supports Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

2017/07/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass H.R.2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). This bill rebuilds military readiness, provides for troops and their families, modernizes the U.S. military arsenal, and reforms many of the Pentagon’s policies.

LaMalfa said: “Without question, the United States has the finest military in the world, but today, our military is in a readiness crisis. The past six years have seen the budget drastically reduced while tensions around the world continue to rise. The public concerns of Defense Secretary Mattis are alarming, to say the least. We ask more of our armed forces each day, but have failed to supply them with the resources, equipment, and troops they need to be successful. This bill will increase the size of our army, modernize equipment, and ensure our troops are outfitted with the best technology available. Most importantly, adequate funding is provided to bring our military readiness back to acceptable levels. It is the constitutional obligation of Congress to ‘provide for the common defense.’ This legislation provides the funding our military needs in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and I strongly support it.”

Highlights of the $695.9 billion spending bill are as follows:

The NDAA increases readiness for our military

  • Increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  • Increases funding for maintenance for all Services, for increased training opportunities, and for sustaining, restoring, and modernizing facilities.
  • Provides for U.S. involvement and support for efforts in strategic regions around the world.
  • Modernizes our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles.
  • Includes $7.9 billion for aviation readiness, $5.9 billion for increased naval presence, $5.7 billion for ground forces, $2.3 billion for facilities maintenance, $2.5 billion for missile defense, and $8 billion for cyber operations.

The NDAA provides resources for our troops

  • Fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops.
  • Prohibits closure of military medical facilities upon which our deployed troops and their families rely.
  • Provides resources to help families manage relocations.

The NDAA reforms Pentagon policies

  • Prohibits transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and from transferring the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.
  • Forces the Pentagon to more closely analyze needs and spending patterns by requiring funding for services that need to be contracted out to be submitted through the Department of Defense (DOD) budget process.
  • Allows the DOD to use online sites, such as Amazon, to get commercial goods more cheaply, more quickly, and in a more transparent manner.

Included in the bill was an amendment by Rep. LaMalfa requesting the United States Air Force (USAF) halt rehabilitation of the Over-The-Horizon Backscatter (OTHB) Rader Site located in Modoc National Forest in Modoc County, CA. The site has not been active since 1991 and is being returned to the original condition of the land prior to the USAF leasing it. Halting this process would save taxpayer money, save USAF resources, and allow Modoc County to use existing infrastructure for economic development purposes.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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House Passes Legislation to Improve Water Supply Management

2017/07/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act, which includes both short and long-term provisions intended to restore water reliability in California, and other western states.

LaMalfa said: “In recent years, lack of rain combined with poor planning for future water infrastructure has caused California to experience severe droughts that have devastated agriculture, habitat, and the economy in general. That same lack of infrastructure has prevented us from storing enough water during a rainy season, like we’ve seen this year, to prevent flooding and save for the future. There are many potential water projects around the state that could have helped remedy this problem, but they have been trapped in bureaucratic limbo for many years, even decades. This bill would require the federal government to expedite the process of approving and completing water projects. Importantly, this legislation will also include protections for NorCal water rights and restore availability of water supply for California agriculture.”

The GROW Act will:

  • Expand water storage by requiring the federal government to expedite feasibility studies for water storage projects.
  • Streamline infrastructure permitting by establishing the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) as the lead agency for permitting of new or expanded water surface storage projects.
  • Ensure water reliability by updating the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to ensure water resources are available to fulfill supply promises.
  • Protect water rights by prohibiting federal agencies from requiring private entities to relinquish water rights as a condition for operating on federal lands.
  • Provide for the restoration of wildlife habitat.

Included in the bill was an amendment offered by Rep. LaMalfa that allows for more efficient use of Lake Shasta by allowing water contractors to access water when they need it, not on arbitrary timelines. Current policy requires any water allocated to be used in the year it is allocated, or lost. This amendment simply ensures that water right holders may also use the rescheduling ability provided under the bill.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Pushes Federal Agencies to Stop Marijuana Grows on Public Lands

2017/07/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending letters to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. In the letters, LaMalfa asks the agencies to assist in combating illegal marijuana growers on federal lands.

LaMalfa said: “Illegal marijuana grows have an extremely detrimental impact on our public lands, causing severe damage to our environment and creating an unsafe atmosphere for the public who wish to enjoy the land. Drug cartels have created large-scale operations on federal lands which illegally divert stream water, dump tons of illegal toxicants and pollutants, and harm the local wildlife. These sites are often protected by heavily armed cartel members which pose a serious safety risk to those who utilize our public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreational activities – as well as the Forest Service and BLM staff who patrol the forests. It is imperative that the federal government address this problem in order to make our forests safe again for the public to enjoy.”

The letters sent to Secretary Perdue and Secretary Zinke note the following:

  • Miles of illegal irrigation lines divert water from nearby streams and threaten water supply as well as endanger nearby species.
  • Hundreds of pounds of illegal pesticides and toxicants cause widespread pollution and destruction of forests – also affecting wildlife and game.
  • Armed drug cartel members pose a serious danger to families, hunters, fishermen, recreation enthusiasts, as well as Forest Service and BLM employees who patrol the land.
  • In California alone, more than 1,600 illegal weapons were seized annually from 2013-2015 at illegal marijuana grow sites.

Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House Floor on the importance of combatting illegal marijuana growers on public lands. [YouTube]

 

Full text of the letter to Secretary Perdue is below:

The Honorable Sonny Perdue
Secretary
Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20250

 

Dear Secretary Perdue,

We write today regarding the detrimental impacts illegal marijuana grow operations have on public lands. These illegal grow operations cause irreparable damage to our environment and an unsafe atmosphere for the public and for U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) staff.

The destruction caused by illegal water diversions, pesticide use, grading of the terrain, and human waste have devastating impacts on our land and wildlife in western states.  Miles of irrigation lines illegally divert water from nearby streams, impacting water supply and threatening aquatic species.  The hundreds of pounds of illegal toxicants and pollutants used cause widespread destruction to our forests. In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) studied the effects of marijuana cultivation toxicants on fishers and northern spotted owls.  The study found that all fishers tested in California within an 11-month period tested positive for poison and that seven out of ten northern spotted owls tested positive for contaminants. The preliminary results of a separate study being done by regional hunting groups in Northern California are showing that game animals have been contaminated by these toxicants as well. Protecting our federal lands from this type of environmental degradation and pollution should be a priority. 

In many western states, drug cartels are using the network of resources our national forests have to engage in large-scale illegal grow operations.  These criminals come carrying the means to protect their assets from individuals that approach their illegal grow sites.  The Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program Statistical Report put out by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shows that in California alone, more than 1,600 illegal weapons were seized annually in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at illegal marijuana grow sites.  This creates a considerable safety risk to USFWS and BLM staff patrolling our national forests, as well as to the public.  Families and outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy utilizing our public lands for hunting, fishing, camping and recreating could unknowingly expose themselves to danger by innocently stumbling across one of these illegal grow operations that is being protected by individuals with weapons.

Protecting our public lands from these destructive environmental threats, and making sure our forests are safe for the public, is of utmost concern. According to the DEA Cannabis Eradication Program, total annual suppression costs in 2015 amounted to nearly $30 million nationwide, an increase of 10% from the previous calendar year.

While confronting the challenges of illegal marijuana cultivation on our public lands is a large undertaking, it is extremely important that this matter be addressed by the federal government.   We therefore ask that the Department of Agriculture make illegal marijuana cultivation enforcement a top priority.  The Department must act to eradicate illegal grow sites, address their impacts on our public lands and prevent future exploitation.  It is far past time that we take a powerful stance against this criminal element and all that derives from this illegal activity in order to make our forests safe again for the public to enjoy.  Please let us know how you plan to address these issues moving forward.

As always, we ask that this request be handled in strict accordance with existing rules, regulations and ethical guidelines. We look forward to your timely response.

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Signed copies of the letter to Secretary Zinke and the letter to Secretary Perdue are attached.

 

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LaMalfa Supports Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

2017/07/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed several bills that will help to combat human trafficking.

LaMalfa said: “In Congress, we often disagree on many issues, but the severity and urgency of human trafficking is not one of them. Congress must take action to protect those that are vulnerable and hold accountable those who participate in such a heinous act. Today, we are continuing our commitment to combatting human trafficking by passing legislation to increase training to detect trafficking, protect potential victims, and provide our law enforcement with better tools to combat sex trafficking. The Administration has shown that they too are committed to rooting out human trafficking, and the bills we’ve passed this Congress will help them to do that.”

H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, directs the Secretary of Labor to train Department of Labor (DOL) personnel to detect trafficking and assist law enforcement in preventing trafficking.

H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, expands the ability of the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program to enable law enforcement agencies to compete for federal funding, specifically to develop and carry out programs that fight sex trafficking demand.

H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, reauthorizes funding through 2021 for the United States Government multi-agency international and domestic anti-human trafficking efforts

  • Strengthens oversight at State department and US funded operations by enhancing reporting and training requirements for US procurement officers on foreign products linked to funding human trafficking.
  • Allows any pre-existing grant money to be used for education to children to avoid traffickers.

*In May, the House passed additional legislation to combat child abuse and human trafficking.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Announces U.S. Service Academies Forum

2017/07/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing that he will be holding a forum for local high school students who are interested in attending a United States Military Academy. Representatives from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines service academies will be in attendance, as well as staff from Congressman LaMalfa’s office, to answer any questions about the nomination process.

LaMalfa said: “Those who join our service academies and ultimately go on to serve in the United States military are an asset to our nation’s defense. I invite any high school student who is interested in any of the military academies – or those who are interested in the nomination process – to join me and representatives from each of the academies on July 29th to learn all that they have to offer.  They can discuss how the academies can help prepare these young Americans for their future and also for the strong military our country needs.

Who: Congressman Doug LaMalfa & representatives from each service academy.
What: U.S. Service Academies Forum
When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 11:00AM-1:00PM
Where: Enloe Conference Center
1528 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926
 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Requests Delay in Oroville Dam Relicensing

2017/07/11

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur requesting a delay in the relicensing of the Oroville Dam due to ongoing safety concerns following February’s spillway incident.

LaMalfa said: “I have always been a strong supporter of Oroville Dam’s relicensing effort. After waiting for many years to finalize the relicensing agreement, waiting a couple more months for the independent forensic report promised for September is a reasonable request. The citizens of Oroville, Butte County and Northern California are counting on a proper and independent review that is completed, analyzed, and made available to the public. We can’t let the Federal and State entities rush away from the table with a final 50 year agreement before the concerns of our constituents are met.”

The letter asks Acting Chairman LaFleur to delay relicensing until the following milestones are met:

  1. The independent board of consultant’s final forensic report is delivered to FERC.
  2. FERC takes adequate time to fully analyze and consider the findings of the forensic report.
  3. FERC issues direction to the DWR providing detailed instructions, implementation plans, and compliance requirements to address any findings of the report impacting dam operations and maintenance, safety, or structural improvements.
  4. The license includes adequate annual compensation for the City of Oroville and the County of Butte for the services these local governments provide to the State Water Project by hosting a facility of this magnitude, including but not limited to law enforcement efforts to secure the dam, search and rescue responsibilities on Lake Oroville, operation and maintenance of associated recreation facilities, and other impacts.
  5. A complete analysis and report determining the condition and adequacy of all recreational facilities within the parameters of the project.  Required upgrades to facilities or new additional recreational opportunities must be clearly defined and supported with design and implementation plans.
Congressman LaMalfa met with FERC Acting Chairman LaFleur in June to discuss the status of Oroville Dam reconstruction efforts.

 

Full text of the letter is below:

Ms. Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C.  20426

Re:  Relicensing of Oroville Dam/FERC Project 2100

Dear Ms LaFleur:

Thank you to you and your staff for meeting with me to discuss the current status of the Oroville Dam and Spillway operations and reconstruction efforts.  I would like to thank you for responding positively to the information I shared regarding the impact of lake levels on recreational usage of the lake, the regional economy, and California’s water supply.  FERC efforts with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) ensured that lake levels remained at a level which allowed maximum recreational use and water storage, while also protecting public safety.  

As you’ll recall, we also discussed FERC’s ongoing consideration of a new license for the operation of Oroville Dam.  As you are aware, my office worked closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ensure the last outstanding item, the biological opinion, was delivered before the end of 2016.   NOAA delivered it to FERC on December 5, 2016.

Unfortunately, as we all know too well, the February failure of Oroville Dam’s primary spill and near-failure of the auxiliary spillway resulted in the evacuation of nearly 200,000 downstream residents and raised fundamental questions regarding operations and maintenance of the dam.  While the initial incident was disruptive and endangered many of my constituents in the short term, it is impossible to quantify the long term economic and environmental damage to the region.   

Immediately following the incident, FERC wisely directed DWR to convene an independent board of consultants to determine the causes of the spillway failure and prepare a forensic report expected to be complete this fall. This report may recommend fundamental alterations of the existing operations and maintenance of Oroville Dam.

It is with these concerns in mind that I write to you to request you delay the relicensing of the Oroville Dam/FERC Project 2100 until the following milestones are met:

  1. The independent board of consultant’s final forensic report is delivered to FERC.
  2. FERC takes adequate time to fully analyze and consider the findings of the forensic report.
  3. FERC issues direction to the DWR providing detailed instructions, implementation plans, and compliance requirements to address any findings of the report impacting dam operations and maintenance, safety, or structural improvements.
  4. The license includes adequate annual compensation for the City of Oroville and the County of Butte for the services these local governments provide to the State Water Project by hosting a facility of this magnitude, including but not limited to law enforcement efforts to secure the dam, search and rescue responsibilities on Lake Oroville, operation and maintenance of associated recreation facilities, and other impacts.
  5. A complete analysis and report determining the condition and adequacy of all recreational facilities within the parameters of the project.  Required upgrades to facilities or new additional recreational opportunities must be clearly defined and supported with design and implementation plans.

It is not my intent to impede progress with this request, but it is my duty to ensure the safety of the citizens in my district.  I am certain you will agree that it would not be prudent to issue a new license until the causes of the incident are known and action is taken to ensure that such situations never occur again.

Thank you for your consideration on this important issue.  Please contact my Chief of Staff, Mark Spannagel, at 202-225-3076 with any questions and send the response to my Oroville District Office located at 2862 Olive Highway, Suite D, Oroville, CA 95966.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale. Doug attended local schools and grew up learning the value of hard work and community service.

Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

Doug is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses.

A conservative leader, Doug LaMalfa has opposed increasing taxes and is a stalwart defender of California’s Proposition 13. With a proven record of fighting on behalf of working families, Doug believes that taxpayers know better than bureaucrats and politicians how to spend and invest their own hard-earned money.

Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse.

Water is the North State’s most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.

Agriculture and Forestry have been the backbone of northern California’s economy for generations and Doug LaMalfa has made it a priority to educate his fellow Representatives on the importance of resource industries and the beneficial stewardship they provide. Doug successfully authored and passed California’s Forest Fire Protection Act of 2004 to allow landowners to make their rural lands fire-safe.

Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.


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