Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement in response to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announcement that the Central Valley will get none of the water it needs next year:
A zero percent water allocation for our Valley is catastrophic! We need the pumps turned on now for immediate relief and a water bond on the November ballot that fully funds water storage to protect us in the future.
The affected areas in Vidak's Senate District 16 are:
- Tulare Lake Water Storage District
- Kern County Water Agency
- Empire Westside Irrigation District
- Kings County
- Dudley Ridge Water District
These five areas, which requested 1.1 million acre-feet of water, will not get a drop of water.