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Farmer impressed by Firebaugh rally

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I am writing to express how pleased I am about the Firebaugh water rally held on March 18. I know water is a very important issue to many people throughout the Central Valley, but to stand before a crowd of at least 1,000 people, was to say the least, extremely encouraging.

I would like to thank all of the people who showed their support, including State Sen. Anthony Cannella, whose efforts in preserving and protecting the historic system of water rights and priorities continues to make a difference and positive impact in Sacramento.

While it’s no secret our water system is severely broken, denying our water rights and reallocating water is NOT the answer.

And although our voices have been heard by the California State Water Resources Control Board, continued action and pressure is still needed to ensure water deliveries continue to our Central Valley farmers.

Water is the Central Valley’s life blood. The state board must understand that withholding water would cause catastrophic consequences, including more fallowed farmland, skyrocketing unemployment and an increasingly unstable and costly food supply that will negatively impact our Central Valley, our state and beyond. Eliminating our water deliveries is not only foolish, it’s dangerous.

I believe this rally — and all those who attended — caused state leaders to take immediate action. This is a positive first step, but in order to continue to protect our water rights and water, we must remain a united front and stand together to be heard in Sacramento — our Central Valley depends on it.

Cannon Michael,
Bowles Farming Co., Los Banos


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