Interior Secretary Speaks at California Water Forum in Tulare


TULARE CA, (KMJ) – Interior Secretary David Bernhardt headlines a water forum on Tuesday in the South Valley.

The California Water Forum took place at International Ag Center in Tulare Tuesday afternoon.


“Eighty percent, approximately of all the water that falls in California, is north of the Delta, but over 70%, close to 80% of all of the demand in this state is south of the Delta,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “So when we talk about why it’s important to be able to move water though Northern California to the delta – it’s vital – it’s vital to the survival of the San Joaquin Valley, as we know it today.”



Representative Devin Nunes Speaking with reporters after the Valley Water forum.

Posted by KMJNOW on Tuesday, February 18, 2020




Interior Secretary Bernhardt joined Congressman Devin Nunes, who represents California’s 22nd congressional district in Tulare.

“Our economy depends on the ability to move water from the state’s northern reaches to the south via the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. This infrastructure serves more than three million acres of farmland and over 25 million people. However, due to a lack of political leadership, the state is not making the investments needed to keep these projects fully operational,” said Rep. Nunes.



Water needs will also be the focus on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2020, when President Trump will be in Bakersfield.

President Trump will join Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking to valley farmers about the region’s water requirements.

KMJ’s Ray Appleton will be there at the event and provide updates on KMJ.

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