Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is upset that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation started pulling water for farms from Mendota to Patterson without talking with the city first.
"This decision, which is historic affects 15,000 farmers who collectively contribute $5 billion to the area economy," Mayor Swearengin said during a press conference Thursday.
The Bureau announced plans to increase flow from Millerton Lake on Tuesday. Mayor Swearengin says it's a move they should've talked to Fresno about before making a decision.
There was some good water news announced for Orange Cove Thursday. Mayor Swearengin is requesting that Fresno City Council approve sending 710 acre feet of water to Orange Cove. An acre-foot of water is enough water for a family to use for a year.
"That will not only keep our trees alive but hopefully keep them in production now," says Orange Cove Mayor Gabriel Jimenez, "That provides jobs for our community. "
Mayor Swearengin hopes moving forward she can work closely with the Federal Government to get more water to the farmers in Fresno.
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