SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) offered comments during the Central Valley Flood Protection Board public hearing last Friday, April 6, held in Marysville, California.
"It's unacceptable and unconscionable to suggest taking forty thousand acres of agricultural land out of production to substantially increase habitat within the bypasses and on the levies and to expand bypasses on farmlands," said Nielsen. "These suggestions significantly compromise the primary purpose of bypasses and levies - protection of human life and property, and needlessly diminish agricultural lands."
Nielsen voiced concerns about government exercising eminent domain in taking land out of agricultural production. He emphasized the need for local citizens and local government to have maximum input and control on the matter. He also argued for streamlining regulations related to flood control standards and criteria for structural and non-structural projects and that regulations be reasonable, not contradictory, between state and federal agencies, and that such regulations respect local control and private property.
Over one hundred individuals attended this public hearing on flood protection Friday. Nielsen addressed those in attendance as both their legislator and as the founding President of California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights.