Thursday, March 1, 2012

Farm Bureau: Bill shows need for solutions

From the California Farm Bureau Federation:
Passage of a California water bill by the House of Representatives highlights the need to reach bipartisan solutions to the state’s water problems, according to California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger. The House passed HR 1837 by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, by a vote of 246-175 today.

“At a time when dry weather and water shortages are returning to California, it’s important to refocus attention on the need for solutions to the state’s water problems. Rep. Nunes’ bill illustrates that,” Wenger said.

“It has also shown that water issues remain divisive,” Wenger added. “For the future of California’s environment, cities and farms, its representatives must come together on bipartisan, statewide solutions. A deliberate, measured, comprehensive solution must be negotiated that meets the needs of all water users in the state.”

For the immediate term, he said, California needs more flexibility to operate its existing water system to maximize deliveries to cities and farms while promoting environmental values. Ultimately, Wenger said, California needs to expand its water system through new storage, both aboveground and underground, and through improved facilities for moving water.

“The passage of Rep. Nunes’ bill underlines the urgency of resolving both the immediate and long-term water problems facing our state,” Wenger said. “Farm Bureau will continue to work with our representatives in Congress and the state Legislature to create a California water system that assures sustainable supplies to meet all the state’s water needs.”

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of more than 74,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.

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