Battle over water heats up in San Joaquin Valley

Outlet: The Denver Post

June 27, 2009

FRESNO, Calif.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is coming here 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.”

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