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Rep. Issa Applauds Historic Santa Margarita River Water Use Agreement

Press Release
Dec 15, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released the following statement after agreement was reached between the federal government and the Fallbrook Public Utilities District over water use rights for the Santa Margarita River.

"After working to help negotiate a path forward on this important project for years, I am pleased the parties have reached an agreement that will facilitate access to a reliable, local source of water for generations to come," said Congressman Darrell Issa.

In 2009, Congressman Issa introduced and helped sign into law legislation that authorized the construction of a shared water project allowing Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook to both use water from the Santa Margarita River. Under the agreement reached this week, water will be pumped from aquifers allowing both Camp Pendleton and Fallbrook to use the water resources available locally to meet their needs. No longer reliant on imported water, residents in the Fallbrook Public Utilities District may save $1 million annually.

"I want to especially thank Darrell Issa for his hard work in getting this critical water supply project authorized within both houses of Congress, as well as making sure the funding for the Camp Pendleton side of the project got approved at every level," said Former Congressman Ron Packard, who previously represented the 49th District. 

For years, Congressman Issa has worked with the Fallbrook Public Utilities District and the federal government in order to resolve this long-standing conflict and bring it to resolution.

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