Transportation & Infrastructure

As a native Southern Californian, Rep. Levin has first-hand experience with the critical infrastructure and transportation needs our communities face. 

For generations, water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley has plagued communities in the region. To address this issue, Rep. Levin played a leading role in securing $300 million to help clean up this hazardous water pollution. The final agreement closely mirrors legislation introduced by Rep. Levin, the Border Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

Southern California’s coastal bluffs have become increasingly vulnerable over the years due to climate change, rising sea levels, and high-energy storm swells. In August 2019, a bluff collapsed at Grandview Beach in Encinitas, taking the lives of three residents of Rep. Levin’s district. Several days before this tragic event, Rep. Levin called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide long-overdue federal funding to secure bluffs in the area as part of the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project. After Rep. Levin hosted Dr. Pat Davis, who lost three family members in collapse, as his guest for the State of the Union address, the Army Corps of Engineers allocated $400,000 in federal funding for the Planning, Engineering & Design (PED) phase of the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project. The Army Corps also allocated $505,000 for the PED phase of the San Clemente Shoreline Project, which will address severe erosion along the coast in San Clemente. 

Rep. Levin is a vocal opponent of proposals by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) to extend toll roads in South Orange County. He believes we need to mitigate traffic in the area without an extension encroaching on existing communities, schools, and protected open space. In early 2019, Rep. Levin asked California Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure that appropriate ethical and transparency measures were in place for TCA after allegations of potentially overspent and misused public funds were reported.

Rep. Levin has also worked to strengthen Southern California’s water independence by supporting water supply resiliency projects in the 49th District. His bill to raise the funding authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s desalination grant program passed the House Natural Resources Committee, and could deliver federal funding for local projects like the South Coast Water District’s Doheny Ocean Desalination Project and the City of Oceanside’s Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility Well Expansion and Brine Minimization project. He has already helped secure almost $11 million dollars in total for these projects.

Rep. Levin also believes that Congress should pursue a robust, comprehensive investment in our nation’s infrastructure, and he will continue to work toward that goal with his colleagues.

More on Transportation & Infrastructure

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, three pieces of legislation led by U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) passed the House as part of the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive bill to invest in America’s infrastructure and create jobs. Levin’s provisions include legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands, support desalination projects, and invest nearly $3.4 billion in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) infrastructure.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that the U.S.

May 20, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) led a letter with colleagues in the San Diego Congressional delegation requesting information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its implementation strategy for the $300 million in funding allocated under the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) to address cross-border pollution flows through the Tijuana River Valley (TRV).

May 12, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris and Representatives Susan Davis, Mike Levin, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas (all D-Calif.) today announced the Environmental Protection Agency submitted its expenditure plan to Congress dedicating the entire $300 million appropriated in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act to address the problem of toxic sewage flowing across the border into San Diego County.
 
March 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s (D-CA) bill to raise the funding authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s desalination grant program. The Desalination Development Act authorizes $260 million over the next five years for desalination projects and creates new environmental safeguards for the funded projects.

February 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate $400,000 in federal funding for the Planning, Engineering & Design (PED) phase of the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project. The Army Corps also allocated $505,000 for the PED phase of the San Clemente Shoreline Project. The announcement comes days after Rep.

January 31, 2020 Press Release

Chula Vista, CA – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Levin (CA-49), Susan Davis (CA-53), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Scott Peters (CA-52), and local officials held a press conference highlighting new federal funding they secured in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) for the Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP), which will address pollution in the Tijuana River Valley (TRV). The Congressional delegation was joined by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, and others.

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that he will host Dr. Pat Davis, of Encinitas, as his guest for President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 4th. Dr. Davis’s wife, Julie Davis, his youngest daughter, Annie Clave, and his wife’s sister, Elizabeth Charles, were killed when a coastal bluff at Grandview Beach in Encinitas collapsed onto them.