ADVISORY - TODAY: Coalition of Central Valley Counties to Declare Drought Emergency

Senators Borgeas, Caballero, and Hurtado and Assembly Members Fong, Patterson, Mathis, and Salas Join in Support of County Declarations of Emergency

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FRESNO COUNTYTODAY at 10:00 a.m., county leaders and state lawmakers will join together in Fresno County to declare a regional drought emergency for much of the San Joaquin Valley and urge Governor Newsom to issue a statewide declaration of emergency. At this press conference, the counties of Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare will formally announce their declarations of drought emergency along with other Central Valley counties expected to join next week. 
 
In March, US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack, a member of the Biden Administration, sent a letter to Governor Newsom designating 50 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
 
On April 7 a bipartisan group of Valley lawmakers requested the Governor to declare a drought emergency and take immediate steps to increase water deliveries to food producers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Andreas Borgeas has provided metrics used by primary authorities to demonstrate we are in a crisis and in need of a statewide emergency declaration to allow for regulatory flexibility for water transfers. Then on April 19 the county board chairs from Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Kern, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties sent a letter to Governor Newsom in support of Valley legislators’ request to declare an emergency.
 
Despite these unified efforts, on Wednesday, April 21, Governor Newsom declared a drought for only two counties: Mendocino and Sonoma. Regional leaders are joining together on a bipartisan basis to call for a declaration of emergency.
 
WHAT: Press Conference with State and County Leaders
 
WHO:
  • Senators Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), and Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger)
  • Assembly Members Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield), and Devon Mathis (R-Visalia)
  • Fresno County Chair Steve Brandau, Tulare County Chair Amy Shuklian, Kings County Chair Craig Pedersen, and Madera County Chair Rob Poythress
  • Ryan Jacobsen, CEO, Fresno County Farm Bureau
  • Larry Starr, Farmer
 
WHEN:
Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
 
WHERE:
Harlan Ranch Barn (off of Shepherd & Highway 168)
 
1.  Head East on Highway 168.
2.  Head past Shepherd Ave. and Highway 168 for about a mile. Slow to prepare for immediate right.
3.  Turn right at black gate off Hwy 168 just past Shepherd and Highway 168.
4.  A staff attendant will be at the entrance to direct traffic.
 
For questions, please contact Blake Zante: Blake.Zante@sen.ca.gov
 
Please wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing protocols.