Senator Borgeas, Valley Legislators Announce Federal Study of Friant-Kern Canal

Fresno – Due to advocacy efforts of Central Valley legislators at the state and federal level, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday it intends to study the environmental impact of repairing the Friant-Kern Canal. Earlier this year, Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) was a principal co-author of SB 559 (Hurtado) which was a proposal to provide $400,000,000 in funding to repair the Canal.

“The San Joaquin Valley is the breadbasket of the world,” said Senator Borgeas. “Without critical water storage and infrastructure to deliver water to our farms and cities, we cannot have a strong California economy. The Friant-Kern canal delivers water to thousands of people and more than 1 million acres of the most productive farmland in the entire world.”

“I want to thank the President for listening to Valley needs, U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and the entire Central Valley delegation for joining together in a bipartisan fashion to move this issue forward,” added Borgeas.

The Friant-Kern Canal Subsidence and Capacity Correction Project would restore capacity from the current estimated 1,900 cubic-feet-per-second to the original 4,000 cubic-feet-per-second in the most critical area near the Dear Creek Check Structure. The Friant Water Authority, the non-federal operating entity for the canal, is supporting the design and feasibility assessment of the proposed project and is working with Reclamation to meet state and federal environmental law requirements.

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