WASHINGTON — Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and other legislators fired off a letter to
President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown today asking them to take immediate action to
address the effects of what is shaping up to be a third drought year in California.
Valadao said government bureaucracy and environmental regulations preventing water deliveries
from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta were combining with extremely dry conditions
create a crisis situation in the agriculturally-dependent San Joaquin Valley.
“My district is extremely affected by this ongoing manmade drought,” he said in a statement.
“Farmers and farmworkers, families and communities continue to suffer as the Endangered
Species Act and other regulatory barriers have starved them of desperately needed water.”
Valadao was joined by the entire Republican congressional delegation from California and 34
members of the state Senate and Assembly, including state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford.
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