8.17.2012 Costa Statement on 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Visiting Valley

Now is the Time to Complete Kennedy’s Vision


Fresno, Calif.  – Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy coming to the San Joaquin Valley to break ground on the San Luis Project. Costa called on federal, state, and local officials to take the bold steps necessary to complete Kennedy’s vision by moving forward with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

“Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy came to Los Banos to break ground on the San Luis Dam and put forth a challenge to the people of our Valley and our nation,” said Costa. “Without their bold thinking and actions, the San Luis Dam never would have become a reality. And without the San Luis Dam, we never would have become the most vibrant agricultural region in the world.”

“Kennedy challenged us to continue looking to the future, not the past if we want our region and our nation to thrive. Kennedy and Governor Pat Brown’s ingenuity and forward thinking forged their commitment to investing in our long-term water security, and that investment is still paying dividends. We are currently faced with the same opportunity to improve our water security, but we need that same dedication.”

“Today we are closer than we have been in recent memory to providing real, workable solutions to our water challenges. Finishing the BDCP builds upon and completes Kennedy’s vision that with big dreams and consensus building this Valley can and will prosper.

“I stand committed to work with Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary Salazar to see the BDCP cross the finish line. With the right combination of leadership, good faith efforts, and commitment to improving the lives of the people in our area, the next fifty years could be even more prosperous for our Valley and California.”

You can view excerpts of Kennedy’s speech at Los Banos here.