Water, Power and Oceans

Democratic Members of the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans

Jared Huffman, ranking member (Calif.)

Grace Napolitano (Calif.)

Jim Costa (Calif.)

Ruben Gallego (Ariz.)

Madeleine Bordallo (Guam)

Gregorio Sablan (CNMI)

Raul Ruiz (Calif.)

Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)

Norma Torres (Calif.)

Debbie Dingell (Mich.)


The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans has jurisdiction over the Bureau of Reclamation, the Water Division of the United States Geological Survey, and the four Federal Power Marketing Administrations - Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA) and Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA).  

The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest water purveyor in the nation, delivering the water needs for 31 million people, and providing one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water.  Reclamation's 58 hydropower facilities have an installed capacity of 14,000 MW, producing enough electricity for 3.5 million homes. 

Bureau of Reclamation Dam Map

The Federal Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) were created to market and deliver cost-based wholesale electric power generated mainly at federal dams owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The PMAs deliver to approximately 1,200 public power systems and rural electric cooperatives in 33 states.  

Specific Topics Include:

·         California Water

·         Water Recycling: Creating Jobs through Local Water Supplies

·         Developing existing sites before building new: hydropower development at existing facilities

·         Indian Water Rights Settlements

Fisheries and Coastal Communities

Thriving, sustainable fisheries are a vital component of our economy, providing good-paying jobs. Commercial and recreational fisheries contribute $163 billion in economic activity and support over 1.8 million jobs. As one of the largest consumers of seafood in the world, the United States has long demonstrated strong leadership in responsible, science-based fisheries management. The committee's role is to ensure that our fisheries continue to support our economic and societal well-being for generations to come.


·         Fisheries (Domestic and International)

·         Working Waterfronts

·         Climate Change and the Coasts

·         National Marine Sanctuaries

·         Chesapeake Bay


Past, present, and future generations look to the world's oceans for sustenance, transport, recreation jobs and inspiration. More than one-half of the world's population lives within 60 miles of the ocean.

By 2025, nearly 75% of the U.S. population will live in coastal counties. The need to protect ecosystems, ensuring clean, safe, healthy oceans is the task of this committee.


·         Ocean Acidification

·         Marine Debris

·         Renewable Energy (Oceans)

·         Coral Reef Ecosystems

·         National Ocean Policy