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In Honor Of Keith Israel June 23, 2015
Sam Farr, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the remarkable public service career of Keith Israel, who is retiring as the General Manager of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA), after 27 years. Under Mr. Israel’s leadership, the MRWPCA has grown to serve 250,000 people and treat 18.5 million gallons each day. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in both Environmental Engineering and Business Administration, Mr. Israel worked for five years as General Manager of the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation District. In 1988, Mr. Israel came to the Monterey Peninsula and immediately began to revolutionize the work of the MRWPCA. In the 1990’s, MRWPCA constructed the Regional Treatment Plant (RTP) near Marina under his leadership. The efficiency and new treatment plans spearheaded by Mr. Israel and brought about by the RTP’s development led to increased economic opportunity and business and housing development in the Monterey region. Also in the 1990’s, Mr. Israel began collaborating with the Monterey County Water Resources Agency to begin a project to reduce groundwater withdrawal and allow for the use of recycled water for 12,000 acres of farmland in the Salinas Valley. Throughout his tenure at the MRWPCA, Mr. Israel has served as a visionary, coordinating the Salinas River Diversion Project and Pure Water Monterey Project, all while working tirelessly to facilitate collaboration between local leaders to advocate for sustainable water resources. Because of Mr. Israel’s dedication to reducing the MRWPCA’s carbon footprint, the agency has made great strides in the implementation of environmentally progressive processes, leading to recognition such as the Breathe California Central Coast Clean-Air Award and a partnership with ENERGY STAR. Mr. Israel has also built a personal reputation of excellence in the industry; throughout his career, he has served on the Boards of American Water Works Association and WateReuse Association and maintained leadership positions in the California Association of Sanitation Agencies. Mr. Speaker, I know that I speak for the whole House in sharing our gratitude to Keith for a job well done and extend our best wishes to him and his family this next chapter of life. I know that even in retirement, he will still find himself involved in the community and continue to better the Monterey Peninsula just as he has done through his work at the MRWPCA these last 27 years."
Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 May 1, 2015
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"The proposed rule would provide an estimated $388 million to $514 million annually of benefits to the public, including reducing flooding, filtering pollution, providing wildlife habitat, supporting hunting and fishing, and recharging groundwater. The public benefits significantly outweigh the costs for mitigating impacts to streams and wetlands, and taking steps to reduce pollution to our waterways."
Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions March 16, 2015
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"In this Act: (1) Administrator.—The term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (2) Hydrologic condition.—The term “hydrologic condition” means the quality, quantity, or reliability of the water resources of a region of the United States. (3) Owner or operator of a water system.— (A) In general.—The term “owner or operator of a water system” means an entity (including a regional, State, tribal, local, municipal, or private entity) that owns or operates a water system. (B) Inclusions.—The term “owner or operator of a water system” includes— (i) a non-Federal entity that has operational responsibilities for a federally, tribally, or State-owned water system; and (ii) an entity established by an agreement between— (I) an entity that owns or operates a water system; and (II) at least 1 other entity. (4) Water system.—The term “water system” means— (A) a community water system (as defined in section 1401 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f)); (B) a treatment works (as defined in section 212 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1292)), including a municipal separate storm sewer system (as that term is used in that Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.)); (C) a decentralized wastewater treatment system for domestic sewage; (D) a groundwater storage and replenishment system; (E) a system for transport and delivery of water for irrigation or conservation; or (F) a natural or engineered system that manages floodwater."
Climate Change March 4, 2015
Tammy Baldwin, D-WI
"But even now, the impact of climate change can be seen on each of these landscapes and in the economies they support. We see it in our agriculture—growing seasons are shifting, and extreme weather harms our crops, and we have increasing concerns about drought and our groundwater."
Keystone Xl Pipeline Approval Act February 11, 2015
Frank Pallone, D-NJ
"One of the reasons—and there are others, like the impact of the pipeline if there was a spill on groundwater and other things. This is one of the reasons why the President has said that the decision of whether this is in the national interest still has to be weighed, and it shouldn’t be dictated to by Congress and just deemed approved because the Canadian company or others think this is appropriate. This is something that the President needs to continue to review, as he has said. That is why he is vetoing the bill. And that is, again, Madam Speaker, why we are wasting our time today."

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