State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement after the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project allocation has been dropped to zero:
“A zero allotment of water is devastating. We must take action now to ensure that we do not revisit the situation we faced four years ago, where a quarter-million acres of productive farmland was fallowed, communities experienced unemployment rates of over 40%, and the state had to provide emergency food distribution.
“Today’s action by DWR only illustrates how woefully unprepared we are to deal with our water system’s boom and bust cycles. A water system built over 50 years ago for a population half our current size is not sustainable.”