Assemblyman James Gallagher, R- Yuba City, is joining state and federal bipartisan legislators, valley farmers, and North State farm bureaus in an effort to stop the State Water Resources Control Board from cutting water supplies to agriculture.
“This dangerous water grab that could cripple the farming economy is possible because of the unaccountable and un-elected bureaucrats and their radical policies that do not take people into account, and is why we are seeing our water infrastructure crumbling, Gallagher stated at an Aug. 20 rally in Sacramento. “If they can take water in Stanislaus, Merced, and Tuolumne, they’re going to do it to us in the North State. We need to be together and we need to be united.”
The fight over this watershed is the first of a two-part proposal. Later this year, the board will release a companion proposal to redirect portions of the Sacramento River watershed’s supply to benefit fish and other environmental purposes. The two proposals could mean historic changes in how water is parceled out in a state that has faced many water management challenges, Gallagher said, in a statement following the rally.
After mounting pressure highlighted by the rally on the steps of the State Capitol building last week, the board decided to postpone their decision. However, if approved, this proposal will not only lead to farmland being taken out of production, but it could also negatively impact local and rural economies and the industries that support them. Gallagher said.
In an effort to permanently stop this decision, a petition campaign is underway to tell the water board to protect the water supply for families, communities and farms over environmental needs.
For more information on Assemblyman Gallagher, and to track legislation visit www.assembly.ca.gov/Gallagher.