We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

President Obama to Visit Central Valley Friday

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

After landing in Fresno around 2:30 p.m., the president will hold what the White House calls “a roundtable with community leaders” at the San Luis Water Facility in Firebaugh.  He’ll then tour a farm in Los Banos and deliver remarks.

During his trip, he’ll announce $173 million in California drought aid – $100 million for livestock, $60 million for food banks and the rest for conservation, watershed protection and rural communities.

“The president has been very clear that he doesn’t want any delay. He wants folks to move as quickly as possible. And the announcement today in terms of the disaster assistance is a reflection of that.” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who previewed the announcement in a call with reporters Thursday. 

Mr. Obama will also link droughts in California and elsewhere to global warming.  “We really understand a number of the reasons that global climate change is increasing the intensity and the frequency and the length of droughts in drought-prone regions,” said Dr. John Holdren, who leads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Accompanying the president today: California Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. 

“I think you want him to see just the devastation of the drought and how serious it is and how we need the federal government to invest in water projects,” said Brown as he toured the World Ag Expo in Tulare this week.

The president will only spend three hours in the Central Valley, and his meetings are closed to the public.  Your best chance to see him is at the airport, looking out at Air Force One from afar.

 

Related Stories

  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows / Courtesy

    Long-Term Drought Persists In California

    Thursday, May 05, 2016

    Some minor improvement in California drought conditions last week, but long-term drought remains entrenched as the summer dry season is slightly more than a month away.

  • Capital Public Radio / File

    Expect More 'Spare The Air' Alerts In Sacramento

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    More "Spare The Air" alerts may be issued this year in the Sacramento region because the Environmental Protection Agency has lowered the federal ozone health standard.

  • Lisa Herron / U.S. Forest Service

    Prescribed Burns Planned In Lake Tahoe Basin

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Weather permitting, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations starting Monday in areas around Lake Tahoe.