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“Western Water: Lawsuits Loom As Trump Opens Calif. Taps”

“Legal challenges and fierce politicking lie ahead for the farmer-friendly California water moves celebrated with a flourish yesterday by President Trump and his Interior Department team.

In a midafternoon event that festooned an administrative procedure with the trappings of a campaign rally, Trump capped a ‘record of decision' intended to steer more irrigation water to San Joaquin Valley farmers.

‘[It's] going to give you a lot of water, a lot of dam, a lot of everything,' Trump told the California audience. ‘You'll be able to farm your land, and you'll be able to do things you never thought possible.'

But even before the applause faded in a hangar near Bakersfield's Meadows Field Airport, the resistance stiffened elsewhere.”

Michael Doyle reports for Greenwire February 20, 2020.


“What Did Trump Sign In Bakersfield? What We Know About Why He Came To The Valley” (Fresno Bee)

“Trump OKs More California Water For Valley Farmers. Gavin Newsom Files A Lawsuit” (Sacramento Bee)

“California Sues Trump Administration Again — This Time Over Water” (San Francisco Chronicle)