Policy Watch

Some members of Congress considered adding a special-interest rider to the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would eliminate cost-sharing requirements to begin construction of a $1 billion water storage project in California—expanding Shasta Dam.

Eliminating the legal obligation that non-federal funding will cover half of the cost of this project puts federal taxpayers at risk. Moreover, construction of this water storage project in California would violate state law, destroy Native American sacred sites, and harm salmon fishing jobs and the environment. State and federal agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have previously concluded that the project would harm native fish and wildlife, including native salmon runs that thousands of fishing jobs on the West Coast that depend on.

Because this rider would be both economically and environmentally harmful, ASA joined a large coalition of groups in urging key Members of Congress to oppose such a provision. You can view that letter here.

ASA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Scott Gudes, earlier this year testified in a congressional hearing in opposition to the raising of Shasta Dam as it had been proposed and you can view the details of his testimony through ASA’s press release here.

For more information, please contact Vice President of Government Affairs, Scott Gudes.