Carly Fiorina Issues Statement On Federal Water Allocation
March 16, 2010

Renews Call For Barbara Boxer to Take Action to Restore Water Flow to Valley

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement regarding the Interior Department’s decision to increase water allocations from the Central Valley Project:

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the thousands of farmers, farm workers and businesses in the Central Valley whose livelihoods depend on a reliable water supply. The increased allocations do represent a step in the right direction, and I am pleased the federal government can offer some relief from the devastation caused by our state’s water crisis.

“However, there is much more that the U.S. Senate can and must do to restore water flow to the Central Valley. I again urge Barbara Boxer to introduce legislation to temporarily suspend the biological opinion that turned off the Delta pumps and contributed to the fallowing of 400,000 acres of farmland and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. Her colleagues on both sides of the aisle – including Senator Dianne Feinstein – recognize the severity of the situation, yet Boxer still refuses to act on behalf of the people of California.”

Fiorina has on multiple occasions urged Senator Boxer to join her colleagues in calling for a temporary suspension of the biological opinion that shut off water flow to the Central Valley. Boxer supported action for the state of New Mexico when it faced a similar situation in 2003, yet she has thus far failed to act on behalf of her own constituents in this matter.