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Disaster In South Carolina October 5, 2015
Lindsey Graham, R-SC
"My sister lives in the Columbia area, and I can say there are very few families in South Carolina not affected by this. Manning, SC, is virtually underwater. “We are thinking about the people of South Carolina” is what I have heard from all of my colleagues. Senator Schumer called. The Vice President called. I appreciate all of your concern and prayers. We will hopefully get this behind us soon in terms of the rainfall and start building up some levees and dams that are just about to break. I worry about the bridges and the damage to our bridges. I don’t think we really appreciate how extensive it is."
California Drought Solution July 28, 2015
John Garamendi, D-CA
"First of all, fix the levees. Fix the levees, the key levees that allow for the transport of water through the delta that protect the communities of the delta, that protect the flow of water as well as the agriculture. Probably less than a billion dollars and you could armor these levees. You could upgrade those levees to maintain the current flow of water, when necessary, through the delta to the pumps, and at the same time protect communities such as Stockton and the communities down here in the Contra Costa area. That is the first thing. That gives you about half of the water that would be needed."
Western Water And American Food Security Act Of 2015 July 16, 2015
Jerry McNerney, D-CA
"I represent the Port of Stockton. This is the third largest inland port in the Nation. The hyacinth affects traffic in and out of the port, preventing navigation of the channels at night because of ships that can’t navigate between the weeds, the levees, and smaller vessels."
California Drought June 24, 2015
John Garamendi, D-CA
"We know the Delta is in serious trouble. The fish species are threatened with extinction and a total collapse of the estuary ecosystem is possible if the current water pumping program continues. Rising sea levels and deferred maintenance threaten the Delta levees which protect nearly 500,000 people, thousands of acres of valuable farm land, and miles of critical highways, gas and water transmission lines, and water delivery channels. Major upgrades are needed."
California Drought June 23, 2015
John Garamendi, D-CA
"The first thing to do, right now, is to armor, strengthen those key levees in the delta that are necessary for the transfer of water to the pumps, for the protection of the cities here on the eastern side, and to make sure that you are able to always be able to take that water through the delta. It is called the armored delta."

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