Battle over water heats up in drought-stricken California


June 29, 2009

Fresno, Calif. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar came to ground zero in the state’s fight over dwindling water resources Sunday as agriculture and environmental interests have become increasingly polarized. In Congress this week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, blamed farmers’ woes on “government action to protect a three-inch minnow.” And Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, countered coastal fishermen are suffering their third collapse of the salmon industry in four years because “science has been put aside for politics.”