Sacramento, CA – A group of bipartisan lawmakers, including two in the Mother Lode, are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to add funds to this year’s budget for water storage to combat the historic drought.
Senator Andreas Borgeas (8th Dist.) And MP Frank Bigelow (5th Dist.) Have signed a letter calling on the governor to increase the funds for a strong water infrastructure in order to create a reliable water supply for the Central Valley. In the letter she criticizes: “It has been more than two months since the state budget was legally signed, and yet there is still a lack of any drought aid.”
The letter ends with the demand for joint efforts to combat the drought: “The survival and economic global position of our state depend on water. It is vital for our region to have stability and confidence in our access to clean water and we must all come together to find a solution to the challenges of water storage and capacity, especially in the midst of a drought. “
The entire letter can be viewed below:
Dear Governor Newsom,
50 of California’s 58 counties are currently in a drought emergency, with our Central Valley counties being hardest hit as they endure exceptional and record-breaking drought conditions. Fields are left fallow, forcing families, businesses and farmers to put their livelihoods at risk with incredible uncertainty about the future of their water supply. While your administration negotiates the final parts of a budget package for water infrastructure, we respectfully ask you for careful and benevolent consideration of increased funding for a strong water infrastructure to create a reliable water supply for the Central Valley.
The communities we represent are the backbone of the state when it comes to water transportation and food production. The State Water Project, Central Valley Water Project, and the Kern River all converge in the Central Valley and fuel more than $ 50 billion in our state’s economy.
Despite this strong and positive economic impact, the Central Valley again bears the brunt of the state’s lack of planning for long-term water storage. More than two months have passed since the budget was signed, and yet there is still a lack of any drought aid. Our water storage and delivery systems are crumbling. It was not designed to meet 39 million people and environmental needs. As snow cover and rainfall decrease, we need to maximize our water intake and storage infrastructure.
The unprecedented emergency cut recently decided by the State Water Resources Control Board only adds to the severity of concerns farmers and families have had for years. Coupled with the Department of Water Resources’ proposed rate hike of 13-18% for the San Joaquin Valley area, our communities are in desperate need of help.
The survival and global economic position of our state depend on water. Stability and confidence in our access to clean water are vital to our region and we must all come together to find a solution to the challenges of water storage and capacity, especially in the midst of a drought.
MP, 34th district
Senator, 16th district
Senator, 14th District
Senator, 8th District
Assembly member, 23rd district
Assembly member, 26th district
Assembly member, 5th district
Assembly member, 12th district