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Public Responses


Obeying SGMA

Nov 20, 2019

The majority of the water that used to historically flow into the Central Valley through the canals, stay in the region, and go into the underground to replenish the aquifers, now flows to the Pacific Ocean. If we do not have adequate surface water, we cannot replenish the Central Valley underground as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). There are no plans to increase surface water deliveries. It will be impossible for Central Valley Agriculture to comply with SGMA resulting in 1,000,000 acres of the most productive farmland on the planet to go fallow. 1,000,000 acres produces enough food to feed 30,000,000 men, women, and children for a year. People are not going to stop eating. This food, the jobs created to grow this food, and the economic engine powered through producing this food, will be replaced by other countries or other states. No place on earth can produce more food using fewer resources than the Central Valley.

Kristi Diener