President’s Order Diverts Water to California Farmers

Takes water from Bay Delta to Central Valley

While in Bakersfield, California, on Wednesday, President Trump signed an order to re-engineer the state’s water plans, funneling water from the north to the agriculture industry and growing population further south.

The order comes after the Department of Interior last year revised its opinion on scientific findings that for a decade extended endangered species protections to various types of fish. President Trump said changes to the “outdated scientific research and biological opinions” would now help direct “as much water as possible, which will be a magnificent amount, a massive amount of water for the use of California farmers and ranchers.”

The plan will allow large quantities of water to be diverted from the San Francisco Bay Delta to the Central Valley in order to irrigate farmland. California officials say the plan would harm chinook salmon and the delta smelt, a finger-sized fish that for three decades stood in the way of the decision.

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that the state will be challenging the Trump Administration over concerns about the impact the plan with have on California’s national resources, ecosystems, and environment.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the farmers and ranchers in the thirsty Central Valley of California as they look forward to a program that will deliver more water to them.
  • For California’s governing officials to have wisdom as they consider the concerns about the state’s environmental and ecosystem issues.

Sources: The Hill, Wall Street Journal


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