Senators Boxer, Feinstein Call for Fresno County Disaster

June 26, 2009

California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are joining Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling on the Obama administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Fresno County.

In a letter to the president, the senators said the county has been hit hard by water shortages from a lack of rainfall and the need to protect endangered species. A disaster declaration would help the region obtain emergency unemployment and other benefits.

The aid would not include what farmers seek most: an easing of the enforcement of environmental regulations that has severely curtailed the amount of water pumped into surface water delivery systems from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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