Veto override benefits Salton Sea
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#1 Nov 10, 2007
By DIANA MARRERO • Desert Sun Washington Bureau • November 8, 2007
WASHINGTON - The first veto override in President Bush's administration authorized about $30 million for restoration of the Salton Sea on Thursday.
The Senate voted to override Bush's veto of a $23 billion water bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act, that sets spending limits for specific projects for flood control and environmental restoration, as well as local drinking water and wastewater treatment plants.
Among the California projects the bill authorizes is a roughly $30 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the Salton Sea, California's largest lake.
"The Salton Sea needs all the money it can get," said Dennis Mahr, spokesman for the Coachella Valley Water District, which now leads the local Salton Sea Authority.
The sea is shrinking and will receive less water in the future, creating air quality problems for the Coachella and Imperial valleys.
Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley says the override will help officials "keep our momentum going on the Salton Sea."
A Republican and member of the Salton Sea Authority, Ashley praised GOP members who broke ranks with Bush.
"They weren't voting against Bush," he said. "They were voting for a water bill."
Money for the projects isn't a sure thing, however. Funding would need to be inserted into appropriations bills that would be considered next year.
Other valley and California water projects, which total $1 billion, in the bill include:
Construction of a wastewater system for the Mission Springs Water District, which serves Desert Hot Springs and the surrounding areas.
A flood study in Yucca Valley to examine whether to build detention basins and other facilities in the West Burnt Mountain basin.
A study to determine flood control measures in the Pinto Basin area of Twentynine Palms.
$40 million to establish a statewide program for critical water quality projects.
The 79-14 vote followed a 361-54 vote to overturn Bush's veto in the House on Tuesday, making it possible for the legislation to become law despite Bush's opposition.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who helped write the bill, said she hopes the votes send a message to the president. She and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voted for the override.
"You can't just keep rolling over us," said Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs, was among the 138 House Republicans who voted to override the veto Tuesday.
"This federal funding will work in conjunction with local projects already in place to restore the sea," Bono said. "These projects are necessary in order to ensure economic and environmental security in the region."
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, joined the 54 Republicans who voted to sustain Bush's veto.
The water bill was the fifth to be vetoed by Bush during his presidency. He said he opposed it because it would cost too much money.
#2 Nov 15, 2007
Rep. Jerry Lewis -- you do not live that far away from the Salton Sea. If the Sea is allowed to continue to dry up, you and your family will be in danger also! Remember, the wind does occasionally blow out of the east.
Anyone living in southern California needs to pay attention and get on board to support the restoration of the Salton Sea. IT WILL AFFECT EVERONE LIVING IN (AND SOUTH) OF LOS ANGELES!!
Has no one ever heard of Owens Lake?
#3 Nov 15, 2007
This Bill provides NO MONEY. All it is is a spending "CAP" authorization bill,it provides NO FUNDS. There is no guarantee that any of the items will be funded.
The funding part comes during the next budget cycle were no doubt the majority democrats will not provide funding for the republicans pork projects.
Republicans are spineless and democrats are crooks.
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