Garamendi is a Delta resident, rancher, and pear farmer who recognizes that water is the lifeblood of Northern California farming and fishing.
I’ve lived in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community of Walnut Grove for more than three decades, and I understand that sound water resource management is required to make Northern California prosperous. I have been horrified by proposals by Republicans in Congress that would throw California’s economy into complete chaos by eroding California’s ability to guide its own water destiny. I have also sounded the alarm against a 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) conveyance facility being proposed by some state and federal lawmakers that could wreak havoc on the Delta and the jobs it sustains and put existing water rights in the Delta and Northern California at risk.
I believe it is possible for California to solve its water problems, but the Delta and Northern California counties must be at the table, and it will take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach, not just a piece of plumbing in the Delta. We must address the needs of all Californians by prioritizing storage, conservation, recycling, levee improvements, and habitat restoration. Any water plan without these elements is incomplete at best.
For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of Water, please contact my Washington, DC office.
I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi