DeSaulnier And Feinstein Introduce Legislation To Upgrade Contra Costa’s Water Infrastructure

January 10, 2019 16:00 pm · 18 comments

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to improve the safety and upkeep of important water supply infrastructure. If passed, the Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act would transfer the title of the Contra Costa Canal System from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), enabling the CCWD to undertake necessary upgrades to the system.

“The aging Contra Costa Canal is in need of critical safety and structural improvements to prevent accidents, water leaks, and water quality degradation,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. “By transferring ownership of the canal from the federal government to the Contra Costa Water District, we can help streamline these improvements and revitalize the land surrounding the canal for the enjoyment of local residents. I thank Senator Feinstein for her partnership on this legislation, which promises to benefit our local communities.”

“This is commonsense legislation to facilitate much-needed safety improvements to the Contra Costa Canal,” said Senator Feinstein. “If the water district is willing and ready to make these improvements, there’s no reason the federal government should stand in the way. Transferring the title will help save lives and modernize the Contra Costa Canal system.”

Built between 1937 and 1948, the Contra Costa Canal delivers water both to homes and businesses throughout Contra Costa County, and also to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys for irrigation. The 48-mile canal system is currently exposed, but following the transfer the CCWD will work to enclose it in a surface tunnel. Since the Contra Costa Canal has been operational, 81 people have drowned in the canal.

RANDOM TASK January 10, 2019 at 4:09 PM

de slacker ….every time you spew this propaganda your lies get worse and worse

this is just another dem agenda tactic to rid demifornia of any ties to the fed and clear way for separation from the union.

funny thing is when they do you dems will have no freedom just socialism
demifornia will no longer be a state is will be a province or district with no means of protection accept I guess from mexico …yeah they will defend demifornia right lol

by allowing these politicians to use you …..with their socialist ideas

your accepting to be ruled like Russia and china and north korea

as well as denouncing this great nation America …where everyone wants in or wants to destroy the freedoms we have from afar or within …..YOU are the ones within ………..

T. Payne January 11, 2019 at 12:38 PM

I’m sure China would love to fund projects in California under he belt and road plan, and in exchange for the infrastructure investment lease some of the former US military bases located in California.

Cellophane January 10, 2019 at 4:50 PM

I keep racking my poor old brain, there is simply nothing I can think of that would be complimentary about this Bill.

I can see only water rate increases, less water available, more restrictions on water usage and poorer water quality.

Original G January 10, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Why shouldn’t US Bureau of Reclamation be the ones making and paying for the upgrades ?

Mike January 10, 2019 at 5:42 PM

How about introducing a bill to fix the quality of water in the Delta by not sending most of it South?

Gititogether January 10, 2019 at 5:55 PM

“if the water district is willing and able to make these improvements”…ie; if the citizens of the water district have a congressman stupid enough to transfer the total expense to his district rather than negotiate with the federal government who is already funded to make repairs…than have at it.

Cover? January 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

The CCWD cleans the canal every year. I don’t know if they get paid by the Federal Gov. or if we pay for it? How will they get all the mud and trash out of the canal if the make it enclosed surface tunnel? I call BS.

Corrections January 10, 2019 at 7:19 PM

Currently CCWD pays for I believe all of the repairs and maintenance of the aged out falling apart canal.(Please correct me if I’m wrong) CCWD is actually acting responsibly by burying the canal in modern piping resulting in almost eliminating the expensive maintenance and cleaning cost it takes to keep the canal functioning and a very dramatic increase in Maintenace cost with a huge increase in reliability of this important source of water. Hopefully now they can get rid of the hideous branch of smaller canal along Denkinger that hasn’t seen water since the early 60’s. Not everything government does is bad even if Rush Limbaugh keeps telling you so.

Abbie R. January 10, 2019 at 7:38 PM

COVER OVER THE CANAL!!!!???? what about the Goldfish and River Otters, and the Aquatic Birdlife!!!! ???

Corrections January 10, 2019 at 8:17 PM

A correction to my corrections…..I said…. to keep the canal functioning and a very dramatic increase in Maintenance cost. I meant to say decrease. Corrected.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 10, 2019 at 8:37 PM

Why not just replace it with a pipeline right inside the canal?….. or wouldn’t that cost enough?

Ven Xeter January 10, 2019 at 9:59 PM

This is all about more state public employee union jobs with bloated pensions which equals more taxpayer money funneled back to the Democratic Party. Government corruption at its finest.

Noj January 11, 2019 at 12:05 AM

Yo Mark!

The Canal has a fence around it!

burnbabyburn January 11, 2019 at 4:05 AM

Those 81 people would have never drowned had Trump not been elected president. Go get ’em mark.

Michael January 11, 2019 at 6:22 AM

The canal by design actually creates a physical division within neighborhoods and our city. Having it covered would create green space and park like improvements similar to the iron horse trail which was formerly railroad tracks.

It would provide better ingress and egress for pedestrians and bicycles to travel from a more direct route from point A to point B

Finally instead of this rain water going into the bay it would could be used as an underground reservoir that could be diverted at times to CCWD be treated and used as drinking water.

Unfortunately the cost of this will be in the billions and it took 11 years to build what we have now pre WW2. It will probably take 30-50 years before we see a benefit. Meanwhile more people will end up moving out of concord because most people will not be able to pay for their water bill.

Kauai Mike January 11, 2019 at 7:42 AM

Yep. Even more government; more six-figure-a-year, paper-shuffling, unelected/unaccountable administrators; more opulent office space, new vehicles, lifetime pensions & medical care; and higher rates, taxes, fees, and surcharges. Maybe they can run the Crazy Train on their covered canals and create an agency for that.

DVC Student January 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM

I’m a DVC student & Mark DeSaulnier just spoke to us on DVC campus at a seminar & said that White people have been in-charge long enough & have had their turn & that White people need to step aside & let others have a turn.

Mark DeSaulnier is incredibly racist for making these statements. So White people, whether Democrat or Republican, have no place in society?
I wonder how many White Democrat students in that seminar just became Republicans since his party doesn’t want them.

Fred P. January 12, 2019 at 12:27 PM


Desaulnier needs to be called on the carpet and his a$$ chewed for that comment!!!

So he’s white… for him to not be a liberal hypocrite means he has to step down from office to let others have a turn.

EffIng moron.

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