FAIRFIELD — Reject proposals that would eliminate water for agriculture, a state assemblyman and other lawmakers urge in a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board.
The state agency meets Wednesday to decide how much water to preserve as emergency supplies and allocations that will go to agriculture. The letter asks the agency to postpone any decision until April 1 to allow public comment and due consideration by the water board.
More than a dozen state lawmakers signed the letter.
“Agriculture is the backbone of California’s economy, and we need to take great care not to create unnecessary and perhaps irreparable harm to farmers and ranchers,” the letter states in part.
“It’s important we push the date back before making any decision,” Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico, said in a press release. “There is a chance of more rainfall, and it’s important that we get a better understanding of the water landscape before making a decision on any proposals that may severely impact agriculture.”
Depending upon the state water board’s estimates of supplies needed in reserve for 2014 and 2015, actions could severely reduce water allocated to agriculture, the letter states.
The Assembly member represents the 3rd Assembly District, which includes Butter, Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties. He is running for the congressional seat that includes Solano County.
Logue said in a phone interview that environmentalists have been killing water storage in the state for 40 years and “may end up killing agriculture as a result.”
The gross value of agriculture in 2011 in Solano County is a $342.7 million, based in the 2012 crop report. Totals for 2012 have not been released.
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