DU Western Region Director Mark Biddlecomb and David J. Guy,president of the Northern California Water Association, worked together to place the attached opinion piece in today’s Stockton Record. Among some of the key messages:
Much has been said about this historic mandate, the first of its kind in California history. One assertion that is routinely made, but that is quite misleading, is that agriculture and the environment were not included and therefore are untouched. While it’s true the governor’s mandate did focus on urban uses, it was not widely reported that the water supplies for agriculture and the environment had already been cut significantly throughout the state
These cuts to farmers and wildlife refuges during the past two years are significant and have real impacts to both habitat for wildlife and to farmers’ ability to make a living. To imply that either has remained unscathed by the drought or by mandatory water reductions is far from the truth.
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