California Democrats Ask For More Water For Farmers
CALIFORNIA - We Californians might not love the rain, but we can’t deny the good it does for our crops. Following this season’s heavy snowpack and rainfall, a few of California’s Democratic representatives are already looking ahead to when it melts and have asked the Bureau of Reclamation to keep farmers in mind when allocating this season’s water resources.
According to a report by local news source YourCentralValley.com, this year’s statewide snowpack is above the norm, which bodes well for farmers—in more ways than one thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Jim Costa, and T.J. Cox’s letter to the Bureau of Reclamation.
“When they have the certainty of water supply going into the future, they can make their based plans on that. About what they are going to grow and how much they are going to plant,” said Representative T.J. Cox.
Many in the field affirm that early allocation is crucial to farming and, with plenty of water for growers this year, farmers should be receiving high allocation numbers.
“Growers, whether they are growing row crops or permanent crops, (they) need certainty in knowing how much surface water they are going to be able to obtain in the given year,” Richard Matoian, Executive Director for American Pistachio Growers, told the news source.
Harris Farms’ Executive Vice President William Bourdeau added, “I think it is important that we have all of our elected officials supporting such an important and critical effort. We need our allocation early and they need to be as high as possible because we need to plan.”
Will California’s growers succeed in receiving the necessary water supplies? AndNowUKnow will continue to keep you up-to-date.