Sen. Cannella Joins Bipartisan Coalition of Legislators to Call for State Water Emergency

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and a bipartisan coalition of legislators today called upon Governor Jerry Brown to issue a drought declaration for the upcoming year:

December 11, 2013

The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor
State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Brown,

The water forecast for next year is looking especially grim, and we believe that we are facing the realistic possibility of experiencing true drought conditions that we have not seen since the mid 1970’s when California experienced the driest two years in state history.

The California Department of Water Resources announced last month an initial 5% water allocation for California State Water Project contractors for 2014.  Additionally, we are facing the strong possibility of a 0% water allocation for contractors within the Central Valley Project when the United States Department of Reclamation announces their initial allocation.  While we understand that these are initial allocations, the already record low reservoirs levels around the state compounded with a projected mild winter lead us to believe that we will experience dramatic drought conditions next year.

These grim water projections require critical action now when there is still enough lead time to implement policies and regulations to ensure that adequate water can be captured during what little snowpack and precipitation the state may see over the first few months of next year.  With these drought conditions already in motion we request that you issue a drought declaration for the upcoming year.  We also ask that your administration work with federal and state agencies to find ways to use their discretion to ensure a proper allocation of water through both the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project for the millions of Californians whose livelihoods depend on a realistic supply of water.

Without immediate action, we worry about the thousands of acres of farmland that will be taken out of production due to a lack of water, increased cost of food and livestock feed, depletion of scarce groundwater, devastating increases in water rates, and the obliteration of jobs dependent on agriculture in the Central Valley and throughout California that rely on water. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Anthony Cannella
Senator, 12th District

Tom Berryhill
Senator, 14th District

Andy Vidak
Senator, 16th District

Frank Bigelow
Assemblymember, 5th District

Adam Gray
Assemblymember, 21st District

Jim Patterson
Assemblymember, 23rd District

Connie Conway
Assemblymember, 26th District

Rudy Salas
Assemblymember, 32nd District

For a copy of the signed letter, click here.