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August 16, 2016

Wasted Water, Wasted Opportunity

Following recent reports that San Luis Reservoir is at its lowest level in 27 years – just 10 percent of its two million acre-feet capacity – Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif took the opportunity to pen an open letter to President Obama and Governor Brown reminding them of the role their agencies have played in dumping one million acre-feet of water out to the ocean this year.

In his letter, Nassif notes: “Instead of smartly directing excess water during storm flows from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta into San Luis Reservoir, your agencies insisted on the same scientifically-unjustified and morally-indefensible path.”

Continuing, Nassif asks: “How is it that some California homeowners can be fined for watering their yards on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, yet the government faces no judgment or penalty for intentionally flushing billions of gallons of flood runoff out to the ocean?”

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