Costa calls for action on water solutions

 Rep. Jim Costa is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to allow more water to flow into the San Joaquin Valley. Rep. Jim Costa is asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to allow more water to flow into the San Joaquin Valley.Rep. Jim Costa is calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take action in order to bring greater water security to the San Joaquin Valley, Costa’s office said in a statement.

In a letter, Costa stated that the status quo was not sustainable and expressed concerns that delays on decisions has created a cycle of planning with no end in sight.

“Instead of continuing to just fill reams of paper with plans, we have to make tough decisions,” Costa said in the statement. “Despite all the good faith efforts and processes, my constituents still have to fight tooth and nail for every drop of water. Our water challenges did not start over night, but we cannot continue to wait for action. Every delay, including the most recent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, slows our Valley’s recovery and economic growth.”

Costa has long supported the completion of the BDCP in the hope that it would restore balance and health to California’s unpredictable water system, and he believes the plan would help meet the long-term water needs of the San Joaquin Valley.