Renews Call for Swift Action to Restore Water Flow to Valley
SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s decision yesterday to make available an additional 350,000 to 400,000 acre-feet of water to Central Valley farmers by March 1:
“This action is a drop in the bucket when it comes to effectively addressing our state’s massive water crisis, and it represents the continued unwillingness of Democrats like Barbara Boxer to take the swift action necessary to provide California’s farms, families and communities with the water they so desperately need,” said Fiorina. “In light of the massive storms falling on the water basins that supply the Delta, it’s time for Barbara Boxer to muster the political courage to do the right thing for California, like she did for New Mexico just a few years ago. She can, and should, act now by passing emergency legislation to increase Delta water exports.”
Fiorina has consistently urged Barbara Boxer to take action as head of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to support legislation that would suspend for a period of time the biological opinion that invoked the Endangered Species Act and turned off the Delta pumps to protect a fish called the Delta Smelt. This would provide great relief to Valley farmers and communities in the midst of California’s continuing drought and these difficult economic times. Despite her willingness to support such an action for the State of New Mexico when it faced a similar situation in 2003, Boxer continually refuses to stand up for the people of California.
“Again and again, we see Barbara Boxer failing to protect California’s farmers, farm workers and agricultural communities and refusing to advocate on behalf of the Californians who elected her,” Fiorina added. “As a U.S. Senator, I will make it my priority to apply common-sense policies that will support our state’s families, communities and economy.”
Earlier this year, Fiorina visited the Central Valley to learn first hand the impact California’s water crisis is having on farmers and farm workers. Following that visit, she called for immediate action at the federal level to get water supplies flowing to the region in an opinion-editorial in the Fresno Bee.