Bill to Fund Friant-Kern Canal Clears First Committee

Sacramento – Today, Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) joined his colleagues in Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee to thank Senator Hurtado (D-Sanger) for introducing SB 559, a measure to fund the restoration of the Friant-Kern Canal.

“The Central Valley got a win today. For years, Sacramento has been deliberating the issues surrounding clean drinking water, groundwater recharge, and reliable surface water. That conversation begins with investing in our current water infrastructure,” said Senator Borgeas. “I am proud to be a principal co-author of Senator Hurtado’s SB 559 which will allocate $400 million to upgrade the Friant-Kern Canal.”

SB 559 will secure $400 million to restore the Friant-Kern Canal. The Friant-Kern Canal, completed in 1949, runs 152 miles from Friant Dam to the Kern River. The canal has been gradually degrading due in part to subsidence and groundwater overdraft. In total, the southernmost third of the canal has lost 60 percent of its ability to carry water, which impacts farmers, cities, and rural communities who rely on the canal for water delivery.

Senator Borgeas is a member of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and voted in support of the measure. The bill passed 7-0 and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.