Drought isn?t an excuse to threaten wildlife

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BY Rachel Zwillinger

After four years of drought, California is thirsty, and concerned lawmakers want to help.

Last month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced plans to include a California water bill in the spending package expected to pass Congress before the year?s end. The bill is an opportunity to support smart water solutions such as wastewater recycling, stormwater capture and water-use efficiency that can help our farms, cities and ecosystems.

Other legislators, however, have tried to capitalize on the drought to grab more water for agribusinesses in the Central Valley, while undermining bedrock environmental laws. Rep. David Valadao?s Western Water and American Food Security Act is a prime example.

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