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Water issues take center stage in California this week

Federal irrigation water deliveries were the topic of the week in California with visits by President Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

Water issues commanded much of the week in California as on Feb. 18 U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was in the San Joaquin Valley to announce formal action by President Trump that would make surface irrigation deliveries easier for farmers.

Bernhardt's meeting in Tulare with Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Friant Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Jason Phillips preceded a larger event the following day in Bakersfield with President Trump.

Trump's visit to the Valley formalized an order two years earlier for federal agencies to write new biological opinions, based on current science, that could help water agencies get irrigation supplies quicker and in greater quantities to farmers.

Both events were by invitation-only with about 600 in attendance at Tulare and several thousand packed into an airport hangar in Bakersfield for the president's visit.

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