‘Very troubling’

While calling Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought proclamation “long overdue,” San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller also said in a news release late today that he finds “very troubling” a provision that appears to give the governor the power to bypass the California Environmental Quality Act in efforts to make water available to drought-stricken areas.

“Removing these protections further degrade water quality for fish and farmers in the Delta,” Ruhstaller said.

Supervisor Ken Vogel said that if more regional projects focused on conservation, groundwater recharge, recycling and desalination had been set in motion when Brown was elected, “California might not find itself in such jeopardy during a prolonged drought.”

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