Water continues to be one of the most important, if not the most important issue, in our area. It impacts our jobs, our homes, our utility costs and our communities. I continue to work with colleagues in the House and Senate on legislative solutions to help lessen the devastating effects of our drought. This week I joined Congressman McClintock from Elk Grove in sending a letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration asking them to meet immediately and enter into emergency consultation proceedings to devise a new plan to conserve water in New Melones reservoir and ensure the Stanislaus River has flow all year. Our federal regulators must provide balance in water storage and delivery -- instead currently proposed water release plans threaten to leave the New Melones reservoir dry as early as this summer. These plans amount to gross mismanagement of the river. Check out my letter here and let me know your thoughts in the survey at right.
I also wanted to mention good news. Last week I joined colleagues in sending a letter to the director of the ATF protesting the Administration's proposed "Framework" banning M885 sporting ammunition, typically used in hunting rifles. I'm pleased to report that the ATF has withdrawn their proposal and I will continue to stand for your Second Amendment rights.