Water security is economic security; Californians must act now
BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today urged support for a California Water Bond at a bipartisan press conference and rally on the steps of the State Capitol. Salas contends that the bond, to be crafted by the State Legislature, must include critical infrastructure investments to ensure local and statewide water supplies now and into the future.
"We must choose to invest in water infrastructure now," said Assemblymember Salas. "This isn't just a Central Valley issue; this is an issue for all Californians. We are seeing the effects of inaction on a daily basis – we are seeing farms go fallow, we are seeing people lose their jobs."
The event was organized by the California Latino Water Coalition, League of California Cities Latino Caucus, and the Nisei Farmers League. Hundreds of San Joaquin Valley residents gathered at the State Capitol to push for the water bond. The emphasis was on above-ground water storage, delta sustainability, and clean water for disadvantaged communities.
"This water bond and this drought declaration are vital for all Californians. If we don't receive the water we need in the valley, that could mean 60,000 jobs that are lost," said Assemblymember Salas. "That translates to 1.4 billion dollars lost from the state economy, and increased dependency on imported food."
Assemblymember Salas will further discuss regional needs and the California Water Bond at an informational hearing he will host in his district on:
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Kings County Board of Supervisors Chambers, Administrative Building 1
1400 West Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230
This hearing will bring together the Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife with local leaders, water districts, farmers, farm workers, dairy operators and the public to discuss regional needs, current projects, and conservation efforts in the Central Valley.
Contact: Jillian Rice, (661) 335-0302