Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, today issued the following statement on the retirement of Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes:

“Back in 2010, California was facing an especially challenging water year. The combination of very dry conditions and an extremely low water allocation had me very concerned about the harmful effects on farmers up and down the state.

“I will never forget David Hayes and Secretary Ken Salazar coming to my home in Washington on a Sunday morning to work on a solution that would dramatically improve the allocation. David rolled up his sleeves and worked diligently until we had a workable solution.

“This wasn’t the only time I called on David to intervene on behalf of California. And each time I called, he showed a willingness to take action to help Californians and our remarkable natural resources. I congratulate David on a job well done, on his distinguished service to our country, and I wish him and his family the best as he embarks on this next phase of his career.”

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