Karen Ross, the Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, recently spoke about water in the Central Valley and made the following statement:
“We know that demand for food worldwide will grow significantly over the next several decades, and we know that available natural resources are becoming more scarce–so to reach a point where sustainability can be achieved, all sides in the water discussion must truly communicate with one another. This is no longer about Farms v. Fish. Rather, it’s about building a California where we’re all vested in each other’s success.”
To read the full blog by the Secretary, see CA Department of Food and Ag – More than a slogan – The urgent need to work together for a better water future.
The Secretary’s thoughts accurately portray the Sacramento Valley. Like a human fingerprint, California’s Sacramento Valley is truly unique. On the leading edge of ecological and economical sustainability, it’s also an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family. The Sacramento Valley joins together a world-renowned mosaic of natural abundance: productive farmlands, wildlife refuges and managed wetlands, cities and rural communities, and meandering rivers that support and feed fisheries and natural habitats. Through efficient management of the region’s water resources, the Sacramento Valley will continue to provide what’s essential to California’s future success and prosperity. Nourishment and sustenance from the fields, habitats for fish and wildlife, recreation and a special quality of life—the Sacramento Valley is home to all of this, and more. For more detail, see: norcalwater.org/video.