Stop Raids on Wildlife Refuge Water

RESOLUTION 16-06.24


Stop Raids on Wildlife Refuge Water

WHEREAS there are efforts to lift the provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act to take water away from federal wildlife refuges and direct it to private land owners and agribusiness for the growing of waterintensive crops such as almonds, pistachios, cotton and rice; and

WHEREAS private land owners and agribusiness have the ability to pump water from aquifer resources, but such water comes at a higher cost than draining wildlife areas; and

WHEREAS wildlife refuges are already suffering from severe water shortages and because these unique wildlife resources are not renewable their loss will have long-term consequences for environmentally challenged areas;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party opposes efforts to transfer water away from federal wildlife refuges to private land owners or agribusiness; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the California Democratic Party will send copies of this resolution to President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ash, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer and members of the California Congressional Delegation.

Sponsored by LACDP

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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