McCarthy helps secure funding for water security

McCarthy helps secure funding for water securityHouse Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Cook helped secure a provision in the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would create a funding stream for Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to address water and energy infrastructure priorities.

“China Lake is among the most important military installations in our nation. The men and women at China Lake push the envelope each day — designing, testing, and improving the tools American service members need to defend our country and allies across the globe,” said McCarthy.

“This provision opens up a new, reliable funding source for China Lake to help meet its water and energy needs, which will directly benefit the base and those who work on it. I am confident that the money raised by this provision will make our installation stronger and will empower the base to focus on what it does best: keep America safe. I would like to thank Congressman Paul Cook for his support of this measure and commend David Janiec of the China Lake Alliance and Scott O’Neil with the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation for their hard work and steadfast dedication to our community.”

“I’m always looking to improve our national defense, so any time I can use locally generated money to improve conditions for the local base and the troops that serve there, it’s a win-win. I’m proud to work with Leader McCarthy and the local officials and alliances that do such a critical job in supporting the people, mission, and facility at China Lake,” said Cook.

“We want to thank Congressman McCarthy and Congressman Cook for sponsoring this provision, and their staff members who worked it and shepherded it through the conference committee process,” said Dave Janiec, executive director of the China Lake Alliance. “Once signed into law, this provision will provide access to critical resources needed to help ensure the continued water and energy security of China Lake and our Indian Wells Valley community that comprises the workforce. We look forward to working with China Lake and community leadership to help realize our long term water and energy security.”

“This provision is extremely important to the future viability of both the naval mission at China Lake and the Ridgecrest/IWV community. It provides the means to conduct water projects that support the IWV water basin sustainability effort and help China Lake towards its goal of energy security,” said Scott O’Neil, executive director of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. “It is a major step towards ensuring a healthy future of both China Lake and the Ridgecrest/IWV community.”

On July 26, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act with Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s support by a vote of 359 to 54.

Section 313 of the Conference Report allows 50 percent of the funds generated from geothermal resources on a military base to remain at that base for infrastructure improvements rather than going to Washington to be reallocated.

This provision means that China Lake will be able to retain 50 percent of the funds generated from electricity sales at the Coso Geothermal Facility on the base. NAWS China Lake can use these funds for installation-related energy or water security initiatives.

According to the Department of Defense, $15 million is generated annually at the Coso Geothermal Facility on NAWS China Lake.

Story First Published: 2018-07-30