Date: Jun 18, 2013
California Senator Dianne Feinstein is advocating for increased water storage.

Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote an opinion editorial supporting the need for more water storage in California and also called-into-question elements of the Endangered Species Act.   Last month, members of the Western Growers Board of Directors met with Feinstein in Washington, D.C., and talked to her about these specific issues. The piece was published last week in the Sacramento Bee.  In the piece, she wrote:

"Complicating matters are pumping restrictions mandated by the Endangered Species Act. Despite being found scientifically deficient by a federal court and the National Academy of Sciences, these restrictions continue to have a negative effect on water supplies throughout the state.

The Bureau of Reclamation is putting together a plan to address this year's water shortages based on water transfers that could increase the water supply for South-of-Delta contractors to the equivalent of a 40 percent allocation.

These one-time patches, however, are not an adequate solution. Absent state action, it is my view that we may be faced with the possibility of more far-reaching changes, such as modifications to the Endangered Species Act."


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