Fresno Mayor Applauds Statewide Businesses for Action on the Pumps

FRESNO, CA – City of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded the Regional Economic Association Leaders of California (R.E.A.L.) Coalition for taking action to urge federal officials to consider increased pumping from the Delta water system.

In a letter to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the R.E.A.L. Coalition asked for operating criteria that govern the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project to be reevaluated in an effort to increase Delta pump activity. The R.E.A.L. Coalition’s request is timed to encourage state officials to take advantage of the spring storms moving throughout California.

The R.E.A.L. Coalition is an association of California business and economic development entities, representing 21 member organizations and more than 11,000 employers who collectively provide more than 3 million jobs to California residents. As businesses and residents continue to burden the severe effects created by the drought, the R.E.A.L. Coalition’s request has the potential to bring relief to millions of Californians.

Mayor Swearengin sought the support of the R.E.A.L. Coalition to promote the importance of increasing pumping from the Delta as the current water situation is progressively impacting California’s entire economy.

“I am grateful to the R.E.A.L. Coalition for making the great effort to urge our federal officials to take the action necessary to increase the Delta water system’s pump activity,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I am hopeful that Secretary Jewell and Secretary Pritzker will respond to our request by supporting this opportunity to enable our state to provide much needed water and maximize our water storage for future usage.”

A copy of the R.E.A.L. Coalition’s letter is attached.

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