Representative Tom McClintock, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, convened a field hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, with the unwieldy title, “Creating Jobs by Overcoming Man-Made Drought: Time for Congress to Listen and Act,” in Fresno on April 11, 2011.

McClintock and his corporate agribusiness-controlled colleagues falsely claimed that the San Joaquin Valley is suffering a “man-made drought” and that eliminating federal oversight of protections for collapsing Central Valley salmon and Delta fish populations in the Delta will somehow improve water allocations. Fishing, environmental, tribal and environmental justice groups said these claims are “all wet.”

Ironically, the hearing took place just three days after the Bureau of Reclamation announced additional increases to water supply allocations for Central Valley Project water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta!

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