Northern California members of Congress want the negotiations on our state's drought legislation to be public and transparent:

Democratic Representatives Doris Matsui, John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney are among those encouraging Senators Dianne Feinsten and Barbara Boxer to avoid closed-door dealings with the House Majority on drought legislation.

"The house bill is completely unacceptable, so if they start making compromises on some of the protections for our region, then it's going to look like something we're gonna have to fight and we don't want to go there," McNerney said. 

McNerney says that version -- the Republican Valadao-Nunes approach -- would have negative effects on the entire area.

"It does away with the basic protections of the delta and some of our most cherished environmental protection laws like the endangered species act and the clean water act," he said. 

Congressman David Valadao's office hasn't responded to our request for comment.