House Passes Rep. Denham’s Merced River Water Storage Bill

The House passed “The Conservation and Economic Growth Act," a package of fourteen Natural Resources Committee bills that includes Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-19), H.R. 2578.

The bill would allow the Merced Irrigation District to raise New Exchequer Dam spillways, and removes some long-standing "wild and scenic" river protections.

"It's a small step," Denham said. "We need thousands of jobs in the Central Valley, and we need many more projects like this."

ACWA has a favor position on the Denham provisions of HR 2578.