California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and his team announced they are preparing a lawsuit against the federal government that would prevent farmers from getting the water they need in the state’s Central Valley, according to the Nov. 21 San Francisco Chronicle.
President Trump’s administration last month announced new regulations allowing greater access to federally administered water resources after finding the old legal provisions inadequate.
The updating of the legislation was promoted by the farmers of the San Joaquin Valley, who President Trump listened to, thus fulfilling one of the promises of his campaign.
Recovery Office Commissioner Brenda Burman said she was disappointed by the actions taken by the state government.
“Today’s announcement by Governor Newsom is disappointing in his preference to have judges dictate these important projects instead of the career professionals at the federal and state levels who have developed a plan based on the best science and significant input from the public,” she said. “If that’s their choice, we’ll see them in court,” according to Agri Pulse.
Newsom said, ” As stewards of this state’s remarkable natural resources, we must do everything in our power to protect them,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Environmentalists protested, claiming that new water allocation policies would put some watersheds at risk and threaten protected fish such as the iconic chinook salmon.
The state of California has also challenged the Trump administration on immigration and air pollution.
The agricultural economy contributes about $54 billion to the state.