Fresno County Farm Bureau issues statement on Support for Proposition 1 Funding of Temperance Flat Dam

Aug 14, 2017 No Comments by

“After decades of talk and nearly two years of a regional effort to put together a stellar
application packet, Fresno County Farm Bureau celebrates the San Joaquin Valley
Water Infrastructure Authority’s official filing of the Temperance Flat Dam bid for state
water bond funding.

“Temperance Flat is an absolute must for the viability of farms throughout the Central
Valley. The lack of a reliable water supply over the past decade has cost this region
billions of dollars in agricultural production, economic activity and jobs. This project will
benefit all Californians and Americans who depend on a domestic food supply while
ensuring water solutions to our local communities.

“Fresno County Farm Bureau has been a supporter of Temperance Flat since the
beginning. Our organization was among the many in our communities who marched for
water in 2009, and who, again, in 2014, fought for the $2.7 billion in Proposition 1
funding for storage projects including Temperance Flat. Make no mistake…our
statewide coalition specifically sought funding for aboveground storage projects
knowing that Temperance Flat is the best project in the state to benefit.

“The project’s location is ideal for capturing, storing and moving water South-of-Delta
while having minimal effect on the environment. Additionally, with the implementation of
California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Temperance Flat will allow local
communities and agriculture the opportunity to put additional water supplies back into
the ground. In 2016-2017 alone, as much as 2.5 million-acre feet will be released as
flood flows that should have been used for water/irrigation supplies, as well as
groundwater recharge, in both this and future years.

“This project alone is not a cure-all to our local water supply challenges, but it is a
necessary step towards building a reliable water future for the Valley. Fresno County
Farm Bureau now asks the California Water Commission to fund this needed project. It
is our hope to see ground broken on this significant infrastructure investment in the nottoo-distant

Background: The Temperance Flat Dam will be located near the back of Millerton Lake
near Fresno and create a new reservoir with almost 1.3 million-acre feet of storage. The
expansion in capacity would provide desperately needed water storage south of the
Delta with the ability to maximize and capture heavy Spring runoff from the San Joaquin
watershed that is lost to the sea in years of heavy precipitation like 2017.


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