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House Approves Comprehensive Public Lands Bill

- Feinstein cosponsored companion measure in the Senate -

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives has approved a comprehensive public lands measure that includes several measures important to California.  The bill, which was approved by the Senate on April 10, will now go to the President for his signature.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein supported a number of the bill’s provisions in the Senate, including:

  • Authorizing “Rim of the Valley” study: To study the possibility of adding the “Rim of the Valley” corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Feinstein was the Senate sponsor of this measure. 
  • Preserving the Historic Piedras Blancas Light Station: To establish the Light Station as an Outstanding Natural Area, and place it under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System.  
  • Increasing the supply of non-drinking water for Bay Area: To authorize federal assistance to seven Bay Area water recycling projects. Feinstein was the Senate sponsor of this measure. 
  • Re-designating the Ellis Island Library as the Bob Hope Memorial Library.
     

Rim of the Valley” Study

The bill includes a provision to direct the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the possibility of adding the “Rim of the Valley” corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senators Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and in the House by Representative Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena).

“Congress has opened the door to study a single Rim of the Valley trail throughout the foothills of Southern California,” Senator Feinstein said. “This would allow hiking enthusiasts to enjoy greater access to existing trails in the Recreation Area. It would preserve the region’s fragile chaparral, woodlands, and shrubs. And it would protect local wildlife, including mountain lions, bobcats, and golden eagles. Senator Boxer and I have worked for nearly 8 years to get this legislation approved by Congress, so this is an important milestone.”
 
The Rim of the Valley corridor connects to the adjacent Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests, and encircles the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Simi, Conejo and Santa Clarita valleys. It also encompasses parts of the Santa Monica, Santa Susanna, San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains, and the San Rafael Hills.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, created by act of Congress in 1978, is the world’s largest urban park, ranging from the Pacific Ocean east to the Ventura Freeway. It is overseen by the National Park Service.

If this legislation is passed, Congress would hold true to its original commitment to preserving the scenic, natural and historic setting of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  The bill includes a provision directing the Interior Department to analyze any impacts on private land within or bordering on the area

Preserving the Historic Piedras Blancas Light Station

This provision would preserve the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station, which is located along the Pacific Coast in San Luis Obispo County.

“The Piedras Blancas Light Station has stood high atop of the shores of San Simeon Bay for more than 100 years,” Senator Feinstein said. “This bill will help restore and preserve the light station so that visitors of all ages can enjoy this important part of California’s maritime history.”
 
Specifically, the bill will establish the Light Station as an Outstanding Natural Area, and place it under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System.  This designation will help ensure the preservation and restoration of the Light Station’s historic facilities.

Senator Feinstein supported this measure in the Senate, and it was sponsored in the House by Representative Lois Capps (D-Calif.).

Increasing the Supply of Non-Drinking Water for California’s Bay Area

This provision would increase the supply of non-drinking water for California’s Bay Area. It would authorize federal assistance to seven Bay Area water recycling projects. When completed, these seven projects are estimated to make available 12,205 acre-feet of water annually in the short term, and 37,600 acre-feet annually in the long term – all while reducing demand on the Sacramento River Delta and on existing water infrastructure.

“It’s critical that we take steps now to develop and implement innovative ways to increase California’s water supply,” Senator Feinstein said. “These recycling projects will help address the Bay Area’s increasing demand for non-drinking water.”

The following projects are included in the bill:

  • Antioch Recycled Water Project (Delta Diablo Sanitation District, City of Antioch); 
  • North Coast County Water District Recycled Water Project (North Coast County Water District); 
  •  Mountain View/Moffett Area Water Reuse Project (City of Palo Alto, City of Mountain View); 
  • Pittsburg Recycled Water Project (Delta Diablo Sanitation District, City of Pittsburg); 
  • Redwood City Recycled Water Project (City of Redwood); 
  • South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project (Santa Clara Valley Water District, South County Regional Wastewater Authority); and 
  • South Bay Advanced Recycled Water Treatment Facility (Santa Clara Valley Water District, City of San Jose).

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senators Feinstein and Boxer. And in the House by Representatives George Miller (D-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Pete Stark (D-Calif.), and Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.).

Re-designating the Ellis Island Library in Honor of Bob Hope

This provision would re-designate the Ellis Island Library, on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as the "Bob Hope Memorial Library.”

“The remarkable legacy of Bob Hope will now be forever linked with Ellis Island,” Senator Feinstein said. “Bob Hope came to America as a youth, in hopes of a better life. And like so many others, his search for the American dream began at Ellis Island. Renaming the library at Ellis Island in his memory is a fitting tribute to this American icon, and all that he accomplished during his lifetime.”

In 1990, Ellis Island was turned into a museum to commemorate the 16 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island from 1892-1954 to pursue the American Dream. When the Ellis Island Restoration Commission suggested naming the third floor library of the museum in honor of Bob Hope in 1990; he remarked that it would be “One of the single most important highpoints in my career.”

Senator Feinstein supported this measure in the Senate, and it was sponsored in the House by Representative Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).


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