H.R. 2898: Summary of Key Environmental Threats

Fact Sheet
July 07, 2015

On June 25, 2015, California's Representative Valadao introduced H.R. 2898. This controversial bill would undermine critical protections for our environment and other water users rather than provide actual “drought relief.” Further, this legislation would be a permanent change in law—it is not a temporary drought response—and includes provisions that could impact states across the West. Instead of promoting collaborative solutions to create new water supply to benefit the environment and economy, as California has done in recent years, this bill simply weakens environmental and water quality protections to benefit certain water users at the expense of all others.