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In addressing the current drought, the Brown and Obama administrations and Congress have focused exclusively on corporate agribusiness interests farming unsustainable land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, neglecting the impacts of the drought on Delta farmers and businesses and other Californians.

Restore the Delta (RTD), a group opposed to Governor Jerry Brown's Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, today announced that they will call on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta farmers and business owners - and to stop focusing solely on aiding Westlands Water District and other west San Joaquin Valley mega-growers.

RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla will tell a House Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Fresno beginning at 10 a.m, “we are on the verge of losing Delta farms and our salmon and other fisheries."

"Where is the drought aid for Delta businesses being harmed: marinas that won't have business; cattle farmers who won't have water for their cattle; recreation businesses that won’t have visitors?” she asked.

Barrigan-Parrilla will tell the Committee that their framing the issue as a “3-inch fish over people” is “inaccurate, and harmful to solving California’s challenges.”

“This committee is blinded by its desire to serve a few huge industrial agribusinesses and can’t see that the decline of our fisheries is a warning that water mismanagement threatens all of us: farmers, fishermen and urban residents. Taking more water out of the Delta is not going to solve our problems. It’s the drought, not the Delta, that’s affecting the water supply this year.”

WHO: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta

WHAT: House Natural Resources Committee Field Hearing

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 am Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla will be available to media prior to 10 am hearing start

WHERE: Fresno City Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street

Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546; steve@hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft; @MrSandHillCrane; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053 barbara@restorethedelta.org; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

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Originally posted to Dan Bacher on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.

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