From Sacramento Bee – Friday, June 15, 2012
Rep. Dan Lungren in a March 30 letter to Save the American River Association explains why he supports the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (HR 1837) by his fellow Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes.
Response from California Farm Water Coalition —
This letter incorrectly claims that Westside farmers are seeking some sort of unfair taxpayer bailout. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is the federal government that made promises to provide drainage service to this farmland that the courts are now enforcing. And claiming that farmers are somehow getting special treatment and “unfettered access to publicly subsidized federal water” is laughable. The reliability of Central Valley Project water has dropped from 90 percent in the late 1980s to about 50 percent or less today due to scientifically unsupported cutbacks.
The fact is, 92 percent of California farms are owned and operated by family farmers. Because some of them choose to incorporate is strictly a business decision and has nothing to do with their commitment to the land and their ability to provide food for consumers. Farmers provide 10 percent of all California jobs and economic benefits during these stressful times.
Read documented facts about the economic benefits of irrigated agriculture at: http://www.moneygoeswherewaterflows.org/.