Pouring More Water into the Pacific Ocean Hasn't Worked

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Following Wednesday night’s hearing by the California State Water Board on its proposal to increase water flows into the Pacific Ocean, former rancher turned State Senator – Jim Nielsen – issued the following statement:

“At what point do we say enough is enough? This water grab would take millions of gallons of drinking water, and water to grow food crops.

“Multi-millions of gallons of water have been diverted from drinking water and farming to the rivers and into the ocean.

“Clearly, the state needs a better solution than to continue its failed water-grab policy of pouring more water into the Delta.

“Postponement of this ill-conceived proposal is not enough; the State Water Board needs to abandon this idea of increased water flows and use science to create a better policy for the coequal goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability that were established for the Delta.”