Boehner was joined by three Republican colleagues: Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield and Rep. David Valadao of Hanford.
The proposed bill ran into immediate opposition from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who issued a statement saying: "I am concerned that (the new proposed bill) may follow the pattern of previous House bills which seek to either preempt state law or waive state water quality and Endangered Species Act requirements which could spur serious litigation and likely delay any action.”
Source: Western United Dairymen
Commentary: California drought a fish story
Source: Rob Vandenheuvel, Jan. 24 issue of Milk Producers Council newsletter
As we approach the end of January with very little measurable rain to speak of in California, there is more and more talk about a California drought and the impact it is having on the residents and farmers of California’s Central Valley. If you haven’t already seen it in your paper or on your evening news, it will undoubtedly be there soon.
The general population outside of our state probably knows very little about the Central Valley of California, but they undoubtedly recognize the “Made in California” labels that are on many of the products they eat. Given the readership of this newsletter, you already know that California’s dairy farms produce about 20% of the nation’s milk. But did you also know that according to CDFA, nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables come from California as well? Obviously, the availability of water in the Central Valley has a huge impact on U.S. availability of food (not to mention the global consumers of our products as well).
While much of the media attention has been on the lack of rain – which is certainly a valid observation – we as a local agricultural industry know that this drought was largely set in motion by human actions. No, I’m not talking about some theory that your pickup truck is causing “Global Warming.” I’m talking about the fact that our federal policies have resulted in a higher priority being set on the well-being of a 3-inch fish over the well-being of millions of California residents.
A short 12 months ago, California authorities released 700,000 acre-feet of useable fresh water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and into the Pacific Ocean. Haven’t seen that in the media stories on this issue? Not surprising. If that fact seems preposterous and unbelievable, check it out on California’s Natural Resources Agency’s website: http://goo.gl/3j7vUy.