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Families Protecting the Valley History & Mission Statement


Mission Statement

Our organization is committed to preserving the heritage earned for this Valley by the sweat, tears, and sacrifice of those who have gone before us. We are honor bound to protect the future viability of this Valley by standing firm and fighting for the necessary resources and government policies that will enable this Valley to continue to flourish. It is imperative that the citizens of this great country be consistently reminded and made aware of this Valley’s unique capability to provide a safe and reliable food supply which is essential to the long term security of the United States.


The primary goal of the organization is to ensure an adequate and affordable water supply for the people of the San Joaquin Valley both now and in the future. Our surface supplies and underground aquifers must be protected against appropriation by government agencies or private entities and the elitist position that they have needs superior to ours.

Families Protecting the Valley History


FPV was started by a group of family farmers near the site of a huge water bank proposed by Enron (later Azurix) Corporation. If successful, this water bank would have contaminated the underground aquifer in the area and sent Valley water supplies to as far away as Las Vegas. FPV not only defeated Enron, but also was successful in getting a local ordinance passed by the Madera County Board of Supervisors to prevent ground water from being exported from Madera County. Later, FPV was involved in trying to protect East Side and West Side water from being seized by fringe environmentalists and their political allies.