FRESNO – Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) issued the following statement in response to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) recent issuance of an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), ultimately restricting water from being delivered to State Water Project (SWP) users:
“I am concerned that in the midst of this pandemic, there is emerging inconsistency in our state priorities. It’s difficult to imagine how we can simultaneously decrease water allocations, in the midst of a pandemic, when food supply and security are among our paramount concerns.
“Farmers and workers are stepping up to meet the high food demands across our state and nation. We cannot expect food producers, particularly in the Central Valley, to keep growing our nation’s food without the necessary water resources. We should be increasing water allocations, not taking water away from those who need it,” said Senator Borgeas.
Under the California Endangered Species Act, DWR is required to obtain an ITP to minimize, avoid and fully mitigate impacts to threatened or endangered species as a result of State Water Project operations.