Federal Funding to Aid Lake Cachuma
updated: Aug 14, 2014, 10:44 AM
Source: Press Secretary For Lois Capps
Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that the Cachuma Operation and
Maintenance Board (COMB) received $300,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation for an
emergency drought relief project.
The Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board will use the funding to support its
effort to pump water from Lake Cachuma into the North Portal Intake Structure
and maintain water flow to the South Coast communities of Santa Barbara County.
Due to three years of extreme drought conditions, water is expected to drop
below the intake structure level this fall. Lake Cachuma provides more than 80
percent of the water supply to more than 200,000 people in Santa Barbara County.
The funding comes under the 1995 Drought Act, which allows the Bureau of
Reclamation to undertake activities that will minimize or mitigate drought
damages or losses. The project was one of two to receive funds this week from
the Bureau of Reclamation.
"This drought crisis is the most urgent problem facing our state and the Central
Coast, and it requires a collaborative effort by many," Capps said. "I am glad
to hear that Lake Cachuma received this federal support, and I will continue to
work with federal agencies to ensure farmers, businesses, consumers, and
municipalities have the resources they need to get through these difficult
"The Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board (COMB) is grateful for this timely
federal grant for our critical project," said Lauren Hansen, President of the
COMB Board. "As the drought continues, COMB's Emergency Pumping Facility will
make possible the uninterrupted, reliable delivery of water from Lake Cachuma to
the 200,000 residents of the South Coast. The grant funds being made available
will help defray a portion of the project cost that is being borne by the South
Coast water agencies that are members of COMB: Goleta Water District, City of
Santa Barbara, Montecito Water District and Carpinteria Valley Water District."
"Ensuring people have access to water across the 17 western states has been
fundamental to Reclamation's mission since 1902," said Bureau of Reclamation
Acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley. "This emergency funding will ensure
communities, including Native Americans, are able to access water due to the
extreme drought that has impacted them."
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