Water is at the forefront of many Californians' minds these days, but coming up with the best way to solve our current crisis has quickly turned into a political battle between competing water interests.
A drought bill backed by House Republicans is being fast-tracked for a vote tomorrow. H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act authored by Representative David Valadao of Hanford (R-CA21), seeks to provide more water to farmers in the Central Valley, at the expense of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.
California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, a vocal opposition to the bill, has characterized the bill as favoring "some interests over others in a different part of the state, in the middle of this great water emergency … is not helpful." Governor Brown has labeled H.R. 3964 as "divisive."
Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington correspondent
Nick di Croce, Co-Facilitator, Environmental Water Caucus, caucus of more than 30 grassroots organizations with a common interest in CA water issues.
Patrick Cavanaugh, Broadcaster, California Ag TODAY