Who's Right and Who's Wrong?
The Friant leadership has led their farmers into this mess and they still won't listen to the truth.
Sep 10, 2014
The following comments are from the Visalia Times-Delta:
The salmon run that the current river settlement attempts to revive, Jacobsma(Ron Jacobsma, General Manager of the Friant Water Authority) said, is the public benefit most likely to score dollars from the state. "The timing of this [EIR] fits nicely with the water bond, should the voters approve that," Jacobsma said. "The irony here is that we need public benefit. Without the fishery, we'd keep more water, but we'd need the salmon run to secure the bond money [to build the dam.]"
Devin Nunes, Congressman: "The 2009 [river settlement] took Temperance Flat off the table. There'd be a big dam with no water behind it."
Jacobsma: "With or without the river settlement, this [dam] will provide a benefit to the San Joaquin Valley."
Nunes: "There's no way you're going to get the salmon back. It's all a scam."
We wish we could say we disagreed with Congressman Nunes. But, the fact of the matter is that he's been right all along. He told the Friant managers not to sign on to the San Joaquin River Settlement. He told them they would lose their water. Now, they have no water and still don't want to admit Nunes was right and they were wrong.
The Friant leadership has led their farmers into this mess and they still won't listen to the truth. If they won't help Nunes and Valadao solve the problem, they should at least stay out of the way. They aren't helping.
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