Rep. Costa Calls On Salazar To Maximize Water Allocations

Feb 24, 2010
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, demanding that he maximize water supply allocations for the 2010 irrigation season.

Congressman Costa and Congressman Cardoza’s letter is attached and the text can also be viewed below.


February 23, 2010 


The Honorable Ken Salazar

Secretary of the Interior

1849 C Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20240 

Dear Secretary Salazar,           

In anticipation of this week’s announcement regarding water supply allocations for the 2010 irrigation season for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, we are writing to demand that you do everything you can to identify every drop of water available for farming in our region of California, this crop year and for 2011 as well.   As you are aware, we have initiated countless meetings, phone calls, forums and other means to garner assistance from the Department of the Interior.   We have continued to do our part.  Your efforts, if meaningful, would provide jobs and reduce depression like unemployment numbers in the San Joaquin Valley and assist in limiting foreclosures that family farms are facing. Now, as our farming community awaits your announcement, the onus is upon you to demonstrate that you have explored every single possibility to provide additional, affordable water to our communities to help sustain this critical part of our economy through this time of crisis. 


Sincerely,  Dennis Cardoza  Sincerely,  Jim Costa