The California Republican delegation is urging the House Natural Resources subcommittee on water to host an oversight hearing on a new operations agreement between state and federal administrations for pumping water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

Republican Rep. David Valadao said the subcommittee has a responsibility to investigate “what appears to be an antiscience, politically motivated move by the Biden administration.”

In a letter to the Democratic chairs, the delegation worried the interim operations plan was rushed because of the drought and sets a dangerous precedent for managing California’s water supply.

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The Republicans also called on the two administrations to ramp up Delta pumping operations in the wake of the recent rains. With soils now saturated, storms next week will generate more runoff and the state should take advantage of maximizing water storage, they argued.