New Water Study Urges Helps For Valley Farmers

A report released on Tuesday shows investment in water-saving technology would better help drought-ridden valley farmers than building new dams.

The study was done by the nonprofit Pacific Institute,{}and it urges regulatory agencies and lawmakers to focus on farm investments rather than large infrastructure projects.

These include the Temperance Flat Reservoir.

Reductions in pumping to farmers have left some West Fresno Towns with high unemployment rates, dealing a big blow to the state's $39 billion agriculture industry.

Last month, Governor Schwarzenegger asked President Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Fresno County, signing an executive order that he{}hoped would result in the distribution of $3 million to $4 million a month in emergency food and unemployment assistance for areas wracked by the water crisis.

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