Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s water bill is an overreach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s water bill is an overreach

By the Editorial Board
Published: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s drought bill, introduced in February, was an improvement over the water grab bill that passed in the House.

A big plus in her original bill was $300 million for conservation and efficiency measures, aid to low-income farmworkers harmed by the drought, technological tools to help farmers get through this dry year and emergency projects to address drinking-water quality problems.

That $300 million, however, has been stripped out in order to get Republican support for Feinstein’s bill.

What remains in the revised version are two troubling provisions that The Bee’s editorial board urged her to amend in February.

The effect of these two provisions would be to allow more water flow south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to benefit the Westlands Water District in Fresno and Kings counties and Paramount Farms in the southern San Joaquin Valley, owned by billionaires Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Los Angeles. …

To read the full editorial, click here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/17/6330783/editorial-dianne-feinsteins-water.html

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