Bureau of Reclamation Sends Letter to California

Criticizes state for new water plan.

On Wednesday the Bureau of Reclamation within the Department of the Interior sent a letter to the state of California regarding the Central Valley Project (CVP). The CVP is a national water conservation effort that protects California’s Central Valley and San Francisco’s Bay Area from water shortages. The letter sent by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner, Brenda Burman, criticized California Governor Dianne Feinstein for breaking from the Interior’s biological opinion for pumping water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through the CVP.

According to the letter, California created a new “State Incidental Take Permit (ITP) … developed unilaterally with no coordination with the federal water project. … The new ITP recklessly ignored new scientific understanding and reduced the water supplies available to hundreds of farms and rural communities and over 27 million people that receive water.” The letter went on to say that the Bureau would continue to work with California to assure communities get the water they need. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For California and the Interior Department to work together to manage the State’s water needs.
  • For Commissioner Burman to lead the Bureau of Reclamation effectively.
  • That God would protect the nation’s resources for generations to come.

Sources:  San Joaquin Valley Sun, Interior Department


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