FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi, whose district includes 200 miles of the Sacramento River and is adjacent to several major ports, voted Wednesday for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act that passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, his office said.
The measure authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding for improvements to America’s ports, waterways and projects tied to flood protection, drinking water, dams, levees and environmental restoration, Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said in a prepared release.
Garamendi, the only Northern California member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said levee projects in the bill provide “life-saving protection for residents throughout California’s flood-prone Central Valley.”
The bill also supports business development, including the agriculture businesses in the district that export their products around the world, Garamendi said. The Natomas Levee Improvement Project will be authorized as well and will increase flood protection for thousands of residents in the Sacramento area, he said.
Garamendi called the measure “a milestone in a divided Congress” and representing a good compromise from both sides.
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