Water is one of the Central Valley’s most vital resources. It is important that we work hard to find ways to make sure that water continues to come to the Valley to support our farms while also understanding the concerns of others. In Washington, I will work with other members from the Central Valley to put together a plan that addresses needs and concerns of everyone in the Central Valley.
Our water problems won’t be solved by feuding political parties, but by problem solvers who are committed to working together towards a solution. As an engineer, I understand that we need to bring together farmers, engineers, irrigation experts and environmental experts to solve problems without worrying if there is a D or an R next to their name. That’s the only way we’ll be able to work through this unique problem.
We will need to look at new solutions being studied in the region, including new developments in water storage to save water from our wet years to be used during our dry years. In the northern part of the delta, we should look towards Mt. Shasta and creating water storage facilities. In the south, we should consider underground storage facilities.