Bera Highlights Importance of Drought Forecasting Following Folsom Water Releases | Congressman Ami Bera

Bera Highlights Importance of Drought Forecasting Following Folsom Water Releases

Mar 16, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. highlighted the importance of strengthening drought forecasting in light of recent water releases at Folsom Dam.  

In his opening remarks to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Bera discussed the recent water releases from Folsom Lake and emphasized the benefit of better forecasting.   

“My district relies heavily on Folsom Lake for its drinking water and the recent releases have caused some concern as many people work to cut back on their water usage,” Bera said. “More accurate forecasting would help improve water management so that we know when to increase flows to create capacity and when we should hold water if the forecast shows storms aren’t coming. It would improve efficiency and ensure we are better prepared in dry and wet months.”

Watch Bera’s remarks here.

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit