It's a Good Idea That Farmers Serve on Boards of Water Districts
“I'm the vice chairman of the board of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and a director for Westlands Water District,” said Bourdeau.
Bourdeau explains the major water systems in California. “The Central Valley project is federal and in the State Water Project, is a state project. And you know we're supposed to be working together in coordination,” said Bourdeau. But he said all the water districts and farmers need to do a better job at that.
“There was an effort underway to do just that. It was called the voluntary agreements. I'm fairly certain it's stalled, but I hope we all come together and make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone,” he said.
“And I do think having a vibrant domestic food supply capability that requires reliable water supply is critically important to our survival,” explained Bourdeau.
And he has something to say about the COVID-19 virus situation. “Well, I hope that the situation we find ourselves in right now, people realize and recognize the importance of having a vibrant domestic food supply capability, particularly during a pandemic, but just in general, it's a foundational element to any successful society,” noted Bourdeau.