More than 200 agricultural organizations sent letters Tuesday to President-elect Joe Biden and congressional leaders urging Western water infrastructure to be included in any potential economic recovery package.
“Beyond longer-term impacts to the West, these infrastructure projects would also bring vital construction jobs, which will greatly benefit rural communities impacted by COVID-19 in their efforts to recover,” reads the letter to Biden.
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The coalition, which includes dozens of California organizations, argues that policymakers have been solving water shortages by moving water away from irrigated agriculture: “If this continues, we will see rising conflict between agricultural, rural, urban and environmental stakeholders, as well as a further decline in our national food security.”