Vidak: Federal water allocation decisions based on enviro politics, not reality

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision to only allow a 65% water allocation to Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors this year:

We have had all this rain this year, we're coming off of one of the worst droughts in recent history, now is the time the federal government should provide a 100% allocation.

The Valley is disappointed that with all the rain we got this year the lords at the Bureau of Reclamation will only provide us peasants with 65% of the water that is needed.

In their statement, Reclamation officials stated that the department “strongly encourages the use of surface supplies instead of ground water…”

Tell me, how are farmers and farm workers supposed to support their crops, and add water to – not withdraw from – their groundwater aquifers when the Feds won’t even allocate 100% of contracts during a record rain and snowpack year?

This proves that the water bureaucrats/enviro activists held over in DC are still making allocation decisions because of political agendas, not reality.

There is no reason this water should be flushed out to sea rather than helping people farm, run businesses and keep jobs in the Valley.