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Ignoring the Water Problem

In my opinion, Valley legislators should drop everything – now - and collaborate on a bill to create sustainable water supplies for our Valley.

Jul 01, 2013

Michael Der Manouel Jr. is a businessman and Chairman of the Lincoln Club of Fresno County. He does a daily commentary at 7:30am on KMJ, NewsTalk 580 AM radio. This morning he summed up California's water situation quite succintly:

by Michael Der Manouel Jr.
mike@fresnolincolnclub.org

In this past weekends Fresno Bee I was shocked to read a story about the Central Coast running out of water for agriculture and residential use. Yes, it is happening right now.

Our federal government, in the midst of the worst economic recovery in decades, a major drought effecting billions in annual agricultural production, hundreds of billions in annual debt, and broken underfunded entitlements, chooses to work on an immigration bill and shove an unworkable high speed rail program down our throats rather than seek a water supply solution.

Our State government, flush with cash from one time money generated last year by those looking to avoid higher 2013 taxes, obsesses with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues and has nothing on the table now to ensure a stable water supply for our farms.

What the heck is going on here? Our elected officials are failing. Failing to create conditions for an economic recovery, failing to address the critical issue of water supply, and thus food supply, for the sustainability of our way of life.

For 20 years I’ve been listening to politicians make promises on the issue of water, and they’ve all failed. The Valley’s economy is being threatened, right now, by a deepening water crisis. In my opinion, Valley legislators should drop everything – now - and collaborate on a bill to create sustainable water supplies for our Valley.

This is commentary on the news with Michael Der Manouel Jr. for Newstalk 580, KMJ.

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