December 19, 2019

Senator Feinstein Calls on California, Trump Administration to Work Together on Water

With the Newsom Administration pledging to sue the U.S. Department of Interior over the latter’s proposed revisions to rules governing water operations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Senator Dianne Feinstein today urged the Governor and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to “make every effort” to find agreement and avoid legal conflict.

In a letter to Newsom and Bernhardt, Feinstein points out the harm that “protracted disagreement and lengthy litigation” would have, including:

  • Lost opportunities to maximize water supply during major storms, and less opportunity to realize “timed pulse flows” to benefit endangered and threatened fish in the Delta.
  • The likely demise of voluntary settlement agreements to resolve the State Water Board’s Delta outflows plan without protracted litigation.

Western Growers applauds Senator Feinstein for her continued efforts to seek pragmatic and practical solutions to the state’s water management challenges.

Click here to read the full text of Senator Feinstein’s letter