In this Issue:
With the legislative session now back in full swing, little else has dominated the discussion more than the drought, a water bond, and the Governor’s proposed funding change to the FFA.
With the Tuolumne, Merced, and Stanislaus Rivers all running through the east, the San Joaquin River through the middle, and the Water Exchange Contractors, the State Water Project, and the San Luis Reservoir in the west, our region of California represents a true lynchpin in California’s water infrastructure. To protect the Valley’s water interest, I have coauthored a water bond with my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle and in both the Assembly and the Senate, which puts commonsense before politics.
As California suffers through this drought, it only makes sense to store more water during wet years. In order to accomplish that, we need to build more damns, reservoirs, and underground storage aquifers. Our proposal does just that, by allocating additional funds to storage projects and guaranteeing those funds to avoid the annual partisan budget bickering. I am proud to have a hand in writing a measure which puts the Valley’s water interests first. I will continue to work to protect the agricultural heritage of the Valley as water and drought discussions move forward.