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House Approves Funds To Fight Water Hyacinth In The Delta

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment to a proposed water bill to fight against water hyacinth.

Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney of Stockton was able to include $1 million in federal funding to combat the hyacinth problem in the Delta last year and asked for the same this year.

"This amendment ensures that we continue building off the current work," says McNerney.

Even with his amendment, McNerney opposed the larger bill known as the Western Water and Food Security Act.

Opponents say it would take more water from the Delta.

Central Delta Water Agency Attorney Dante Nomellini says it's important to fight the hyacinth, but this legislation should not pass.

"The whole bill is not needed, now maybe the $1 million is the way to get appropriations, but to me it ought to be junked," says Nomellini.

The House did pass the bill along with the amendment.

Correction: 1 p.m. - The story and headline was changed to reflect that the U.S. House of Representatives approved the ammendment, not both houses of Congress.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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