ACWA Member Testifies on Reclamation Fund in U.S. House by Jay Tanner Jul 25, 2019 Water News This week, the House Natural Resources Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee convened to discuss the Reclamation Fund and the Bureau of Reclamation’s future infrastructure funding needs. Chairman Tj Cox (CA – D) opened the hearing noting, “the average age of Reclamation’s infrastructure is more than 50 years old and other factors, such as land subsidence and climate change, that were unforeseen when these projects were built, contribute to growing infrastructure maintenance costs.” The witnesses included ACWA member Federico Barajas of the San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA), and Paul Arrington of the Idaho Water Users Association and on behalf of the National Water Resources Association, among others. Both Barajas and Arrington testified about the need to invest fully and swiftly in the Reclamation Fund to ensure water supply reliability and maintain western water infrastructure. Barajas also highlighted how the changing landscape in the SLDMWA service area, as well as in other areas of California and the nation, has intensified pressure on aging infrastructure. For example, Barajas noted the capacity of the Friant-Kern and the Delta Mendota Canals has significantly decreased and they now require major investment for repairs. Although the physical infrastructure may be located in the Central Valley, the impacts of decreased conveyance can be felt far beyond. For more details regarding the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing and for copies of the full written testimony from witnesses, click here.