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Reject Salas Bill ASAP!

Is this legislation good for the San Joaquin Valley, its agricultural economy and its farm workers and smaller family farms?

Sep 18, 2013

Are the farmers giving away their water rights to the water districts with the Salas Bill (AB 426)? All the most valuable water rights especially in the San Joaquin Valley are pre-1981, more importantly known as riparian and pre-1914 water rights. A few very large corporate farms want to be able to transfer water around the Valley and see this as accommodating that wish.

In reality the pre-1914 and riparian rights can be diminished and why would you believe the water transfer is only going to be east to west and not north to south (to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) or south to north (Santa Clara Water District-Silicon Valley)? Is this legislation good for the San Joaquin Valley, its agricultural economy and its farm workers and smaller family farms? Ask your water district board members and water lobby groups like the Latino Water Coalition and California Water Alliance where they stand and why?

Small farmers are invested in our local economy and losing water devalues their farms and limits their opportunity to provide jobs. If you understand the de-watering process that has occurred because of the lack of surface water delivery from the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project (both west side and Friant users), then you will understand what this policy will do to the east, north and central-south parts of our Valley.

CONTACT the governors office today and tell him to REJECT AB 426 as it will be water the San Joaquin Valley is surely as Los Angeles DE-WATERED the Owens Valley.


 

Salas Bill Headed to Governor

Hanford Sentinel


 
SACRAMENTO — Several bills carried by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, passed through the Legislature this week and are ready for Gov. Brown to sign or reject.


Among the bills:


* AB 426 will allow for a simpler process for agencies to transfer water rights. Currently, anyone who holds a pre-1981 water right must petition a court before that right can be transferred, while people who own newer water rights do not have to go through the court system. AB 426 makes it so that everyone who owns water rights may transfer them through the same process using the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

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