Gallagher Joins Petition to Stop the State Water Grab

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG)  |  From the office of James Gallagher

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Gallagher (R- Yuba City) is joining state and federal bipartisan legislators, valley farmers, and North State Farm Bureaus in an effort to stop the State Water Resources Control Board from cutting water supplies to agriculture.

“This dangerous “Water Grab”, that could cripple the farming economy, is possible because of the unaccountable and un-elected bureaucrats and their radical policies that do not take people into account, and is why we are seeing our water infrastructure crumbling. If they can take water in Stanislaus, Merced, and Tuolumne, they’re going to do it to us in the North State. We need to be together and we need to be united,” Gallagher stated at a rally on Monday.

The fight over this watershed is the first of a two-part proposal. Later this year, the board will release a companion proposal to redirect portions of the Sacramento River watershed’s supply to benefit fish and other environmental purposes. The two proposals could mean historic changes in how water is parceled out in a state that has faced many water management challenges.

After mounting pressure highlighted by a rally on the steps of the Sacramento Capitol building on Monday, the board has decided to postpone their decision. However, if approved, this proposal will not only lead to farmland being taken out of production, but it could also negatively impact local and rural economies and the industries that support them. 

In an effort to permanently stop this decision, a petition campaign is underway to tell the water board to protect the water supply for families, communities and farms over environmental needs.

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