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Costa’s Newest Bill Would Help the Valley’s Water Supply



This channel of the Kings River remained dry because of the drought until water releases began Sunday, June 12. (GV Wire/Paul Marshall)
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A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno aims to beef up federal response to the continuing drought in California and other western states.

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Amendments of 2022 seek renewed investment in the water supply of the San Joaquin Valley and other western communities.

“We cannot ignore the devastating impacts of drought on California and the West. We must quickly and effectively invest in our crumbling water infrastructure so that we can conserve every drop of water possible,” said Costa in a news release. “I am proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation that will provide improved financing tools that allow us to better invest in our water system.”

The legislative package includes several bills that would amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, which provides long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.

WIFIA Delivered $6.5 Billion in 2021

Last year, for example, the EPA funded $6.5 billion for water infrastructure projects under the 2014 act.

This package introduced Thursday includes Costa’s H.R. 3023, which would clarify that federally owned infrastructure managed and operated by non-federal entities, such as the San Luis Delta-Mendota Water Authority, can utilize WIFIA funding to finance water infrastructure projects.

Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Washington) introduced the WIFIA Act Amendments of 2022. The other co-sponsors: Doug LaMalfa (R-California), John Garamendi (D-California), Sharice Davids (D-Kansas), and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington).

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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