Senate Republicans Urge Conservation, Support for Water Storage as Part of Governor's Drought Response

President, Federal Government Must Provide Assistance & Resources
Friday, January 17, 2014

In response to Governor Brown’s declaration today of a drought in California, Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee Vice-Chair Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee member Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) offered the following statements:

“As we face one of the driest years in California’s history, we must take immediate action,” said Senator Cannella.  “There is too much at stake. Lack of water means a loss of jobs, a shrinking food supply, and threatens the integrity of our drinking water. As a member of the bipartisan coalition of legislators calling upon Governor Brown to issue a drought declaration late last year, I applaud the Governor for recognizing the dire situation we all face and am committed to working with him and my colleagues in the Legislature to develop short- and long-term solutions to ensure we provide water to those that need it most. “

“It is my hope the emergency declaration will help soften the impact this historic drought is having on the hardworking people of the Central Valley,” said Senator Fuller.  “Now that California has made an emergency declaration, it is time for President Obama to act.  State and federal water officials need to move quickly and get additional resources to the areas most affected. While this declaration will bring some help to our drought stricken communities, it emphasizes the need for the state to have a comprehensive plan for the future.  This plan must include new storage, because without it we are destined to see droughts become more frequent and more devastating.”