On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a water projects bill that has split California Democrats and is worrying some environmentalists. The 360-61 vote pitted Senator Dianne Feinstein, who negotiated the California-focused items, against Senator Barbara Boxer, who strongly opposed them. The House bill offers millions for California water storage projects and eases limits on moving water to San Joaquin Valley farms. The $558 million water package now goes to the Senate for a vote.
House Approves Water Bill with Controversial California Provisions
Michael Doyle, correspondent, Washington Bureau of McClatchy newspapers
Jay Lund, director, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis; adjunct fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center