Today, Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), joined Senator Hurtado (D-Sanger) and other valley representatives to announce the introduction of SB 559, a measure to fund the restoration of the Friant-Kern Canal.
"Today, we are fighting for the future of the Central Valley, and I am pleased to join my colleagues in this bipartisan effort to support funding for the Friant-Kern Canal," said Senator Andreas Borgeas. "Valley farmers and our communities depend on this infrastructure to ensure a reliable supply of water. By restoring the canal to its full operational state, we ensure the delivery of clean and reliable water supply to our communities and farmers. This investment in our water infrastructure is long overdue and critical for our valley."
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.