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Letter

Jared Huffman

From the office of:

Jared Huffman

From: The Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By:
Logan.Ferree@mail.house.gov

Date: 12/12/2013
Fix Out-of-Date Water Manuals:
Tell the Army Corps to Listen to Science!

Dear Colleague:
As we approach the end of 2013, many regions across the United States are facing historic and persistent droughts. In California, we are on track to experience the driest year on record. This is challenging everything from water supplies for municipal and
industrial uses, to our food supply, to fish and wildlife recovery. Many watersheds depend on the Army Corps of Engineers and the reservoirs they operate for water supply, flood control, wildlife habitat, and recreational enjoyment. But despite significant
changes in our understanding of the climate, these reservoirs are often operated based on rigid rule curves from water manuals that are decades out of date. It’s time to update these water manuals with the best available atmospheric and climatic science so
that decisions on the timing, volume, and duration of water releases are optimized to ensure that previous water is not wasted because of obsolete operating rules.
In the new year, I will be introducing the Fixing Operations of Reservoirs to Encompass Climatic and Atmospheric Science Trends Act or the FORECAST Act. This bill would instruct the Army Corps of Engineers, upon the request of a local sponsor of a reservoir,
to join with NOAA to conduct a thorough review of the operations and study the best weather forecasting available. If the findings will improve reservoir operations, the Army Corps of Engineers will then rewrite the water manual in accordance with the Corps’
objectives to reduce risks from flooding and improve environmental outcomes.
If you would like to be an original cosponsor of the FORECAST Act, or if you have any questions, please contact Logan Ferree at
Logan.Ferree@mail.house.gov or 51561.
Sincerely,
Jared Huffman
Member of Congress

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