Bakersfield Gathering Identifies
Major Stressors to Valley Water Supply
By Don A. Wright, California Ag Today, Contributor
A letter signed by 15
Congressmen, 11 California State Senators and 23 Assembly members was sent to
President Obama and Govern Brown urging them to help avoid an economic and
social disaster by (instructing federal and state agencies to) allow more water
to be diverted for beneficial use. The letter also urges more storage and protection
of water rights.
Congressman David Valadao
R-21st and State Senator Jean Fuller R-18th held a press
conference at the Kern County Water Agency headquarters TODAY. The elected officials were joined by state and federal water
contractors to shout a warning that California’s system is far too heavy on
regulation and far too light on infrastructure.
Abuse of the Endangered
Species Act and an aging storage/delivery system designed to serve only half
the state’s current population was identified as the two most serious
impediments to secure water deliveries vital to the San Joaquin Valley’s
California’s Department of
Water Resources announced an initial allocation of only five-percent of
contracted State Water Project supplies. While the US Bureau of Reclamation has
yet to announced an allocation to Central Valley Project contractors Westlands
Water District’s deputy General Manager Jason Peltier said his district is
gearing up for zero allocations.
Peltier added this could
force 400,000 acres of farmland to lie fallow this coming year. The cost to the
local economy could easily total billions of dollars. Senator Fuller urged
anyone desiring more information to contact the Kern County Water Agency.
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