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Delayed Renewal of Water Law Complicates Valley Water Politics

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Among other water projects, the WIIN Act increased water diversions from the San Francisco Bay Delta to the Central Valley. Since lawmakers failed to renew the law before Congress changed hands in January, its future is uncertain after it expires in 2021.

The partial government shutdown caused all sorts of headaches for Congress, and it may have tipped the scales when it comes to support for one law that deals with water diversions to the San Joaquin Valley from the San Francisco Bay Delta.

The law is known as Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation, or the WIIN Act. It remains in place until 2021, but many lawmakers had been trying to renew it before the new Congress was sworn in earlier this month.

Listen to the interview with the Emily Cadei, Washington Correspondent for the Sacramento Bee, for more about the uncertain future of the WIIN Act, its complicated politics, and how it relates to former Governor Brown’s infamous twin tunnels project.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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