Monday, October 3, 2022

California lawmakers ask the governor to fund more water storage during drought

Eight lawmakers from California’s Central Valley urged Governor Gavin Newson to devote more resources to improving water supply infrastructure during the state’s unprecedented drought.

Legislators claimed that the state is suffering from “the state’s lack of long-term water storage plans.”

“It has been more than two months since the national budget was signed into law, but there is still a lack of any drought relief assistance. Our water storage and transportation system is collapsing. It is not designed to accommodate 39 million people and environmental needs. Although snow and precipitation are reduced. , But we need to make the most of our water collection and storage infrastructure,” wrote the letter dated September 3.

A total of 50 of the 58 states in California are now in a state of drought emergency Announce The governor and legislators stated that Central Valley counties were hit hardest, “because they endured unusual and record-breaking drought conditions.”

“The unused fields have forced families, businesses and farmers to put their livelihoods at risk, and the future of their water supply is full of incredible uncertainty.”

Approximately 75% of California’s irrigated land is located Central valley, A quarter of the country’s food and 40% of the country’s fruits, nuts and other table foods are grown here.

State Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Representative Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) , Representative Devon Mathis (R-Porterville), Representative Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Representative Heath Flora (R-Ripon) signed this letter.

The letter read: “When your government is negotiating the final part of the water infrastructure budget plan, we would like to carefully consider increasing funding for the strong water infrastructure and creating a reliable water supply for the Central Valley.”

In response, a spokesperson from the governor’s office told The Epoch Times via email, “The government is discussing with the legislature a budget proposal to enhance the reliability and flexibility of water resources. [and] We currently have no details to share. “

“Governor Newsom proposes to advance US$5.1 billion over four years to support immediate response to drought and long-term water recovery capabilities, including the US$2.1 billion allocated this summer to ensure that California has the water infrastructure needed to deal with more extreme seasons. . Wet and dry.”

At the same time, other groups are opposing emergency measures taken by the state to alleviate the drought.

On September 1, three water districts in California sued (pdf) The State Water Resources Control Board to reduce water use in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta last month.

These areas claim that they have proper water rights to divert water from the San Joaquin River for irrigation, and that these rights cannot be deprived of “without due legal process”.

Erik Ekdahl, deputy director of the Water Rights Department, said in a statement: “The reduction of water rights will have an impact on livelihoods and the economy, but it is very necessary because of severe droughts this year and next year. May threaten health, safety and the environment.” (pdf).

Sarah Le is a reporter and editor for The Epoch Times of Southern California. She reported on important news events and topics in California and the United States. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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