Rep. McNerney Statement on Westlands Vote Against the Tunnels
(Stockton, CA) – In response to today's vote by the Westlands Water District against participation in the WaterFix tunnels proposal, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) issued the following statement:
“The tunnels proposal is the wrong approach for California's farmers, families and small businesses, as well as the delta itself. Today is an opportunity to open a dialogue about solutions to California’s ongoing water challenges. Californians deserve a long-term plan to ensure water sustainability throughout the state, and I look forward to working with Governor Brown and other local officials on a strategy to secure our most vital resource.
“Right now, we have a chance to utilize and expand successful practices already in place, and capitalize on innovative and forward-thinking approaches that will modernize our water system.
“There are many viable alternatives to the WaterFix proposal, including conservation, recycling, and water capture. These are tangible, commonsense approaches that we can accomplish in the short-term that will benefit us in the long-term. And all are a part of a comprehensive water bill I recently introduced after extensive engagement and consultation with a diverse group of stakeholders – including farmers, technology innovators, industry and community leaders.
“I’m confident that by working together, across federal, state and local governments, we can ensure a sustainable water future for California.”
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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney