Expand CA Ag Production, Contribute to Better Nutrition

Johnny Amaral
Deputy General Manager of External Affairs, Westlands Water District

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that reliance on processed rather than fresh foods is having a devastating impact globally on children, showing dramatically increasing body-mass index (BMI) levels in 195 countries, including the United States. The study describes the harmful side effects of obesity, such as heart disease, kidney disease and […]

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Contradiction in Water Policy

Johnny Amaral
Deputy General Manager of External Affairs, Westlands Water District

In 2016, annual precipitation was average for the Central Valley and above average for northern California. But the allocation of Central Valley Project water to public water agencies that serve farmers south of the Delta was only 5%. The federal government blamed the low allocation of water on hydrological conditions, rather than environmental regulations that limited pumping of water and prevented […]

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“Co-equal” Goals of Water Reliability and Delta Protection Deserve More than Lip Service

Johnny Amaral
Deputy General Manager of External Affairs, Westlands Water District

Somewhere on the road to achieving the “co-equal goals” of a reliable water supply and the enhancement and protection of the Delta, the reliable part was left behind. Federal and state policymakers should look to restore that balance and provide California communities with more certainty about their water supply. And, let’s make the changes now […]

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