Water is the lifeblood of California. With climate change likely to bring more drought to our state, and water infrastructure that was built to accommodate a population that has more than doubled in the 50 years since it was first built, clearly we need some major improvements in storage, a continued emphasis on conservation, and policies that do not override our state’s environmental standards.
- I will work with all parties to craft sensible solutions that will meet the water needs and concerns of consumers, farmers, businesses and environmentalists. As in all things related to the environment, these policies need to be built on science, not politics.
- This is another area where innovation is going to play a huge role. Right here in the District – on land that used to belong to my grandparents, a groundwater recharge project is being conducted as a partnership between almond farmers, UC Davis and Sustainable Conservation. This kind of innovation should be encouraged by the state and federal government to conserve water, replenish the aquifer, and meet the water needs of our state in the years and decades ahead.
- I oppose the Twin Tunnel project – an expensive and risky project that has the potential to degrade the already fragile Delta ecosystem, worsen the decline of native fish species in the Delta, bring more saltwater into the Delta and mostly benefit large corporate farms at the far south end of the Valley. Some environmentalists have proposed smaller, local and regional fixes to the Delta’s issues, and I would like to see more examination of those.