The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform. President Obama and King Abdullah will hold in depth discussions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues. They look forward to discuss the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic, and security cooperation.
U.S.-Jordan Trade http://www.ustr.gov/trade-agreements/other-initiatives
Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17
President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold bilateral meetings
President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold a press conference
President Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah II hold working dinners
In February 2014 the California drought reached for the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project to shortages of water supplies. The California Department of Water Resources planned to reduce water allocations to farmland by 50%. The California drought had continued 13th months. California has 38 million residents. Agricultural industry is worth of $44.7 billion. California produces nearly half of all U.S.-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables and it is the leading dairy state.
California Institute for Rural Studies: SURFACE WATER STORAGE AND DELIVERY INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA
January 29, 2014
Readout of the President’s Call to Governor Brown
Today, the President called Governor Jerry Brown to receive an update on the situation in California and express his concern for the citizens impacted by the historic drought conditions facing the state – conditions that are likely to have significant impacts on the state’s communities, economy and environment in the coming months.
The President reinforced his commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts. The agencies are working together to target resources to help California and other impacted states prepare for and lessen the impacts of the drought. USDA is also working with farmers and ranchers to increase their irrigation water efficiency, protect vulnerable soils from erosion, and improve the health of pasture and range lands. And the Bureau of Reclamation is working closely with federal and California state authorities to facilitate water transfers and provide operational flexibility to convey and store available water, and facilitate additional actions that can conserve and move water to critical areas.
The National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) will help coordinate the federal response, working closely with state, local government, agriculture and other partners. The NDRP is already helping to enhance existing efforts that federal agencies are working on with communities, businesses, farmers and ranchers to build resilience where drought is currently an issue across the country.
President Obama takes part in a roundtable with community leaders
San Luis Water Facility, Firebaugh, California
President Obama tours a local farm
Empresas Del Bosque, Inc., Los Banos, California
President Obama delivers remarks on California’s drought
Los Banos, California
USDA Disaster and Drought Information http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_ASSISTANCE
White House Drought Response http://www.whitehouse.gov/drought
~ CONGRESSIONAL ACTION FOR DROUGHT RELIEF ~
Senate drought bill offers $300 million, no waiving of environmental laws
2/12/14 By Josh Richman - bayareanewsgroup
California’s and Oregon’s Democratic senators offered a drought relief bill Tuesday that stands in stark contrast to the Republican bill the House approved last week, setting up a tough battle when lawmakers eventually try to merge the two.
The Senate bill would grant $300 million in emergency aid and require federal agencies to do all they can to boost water supplies, while the GOP bill had focused more on lifting environmental restrictions [such as the Endangered Species Act] to allow more water to be pumped from the Delta south to San Joaquin Valley farms.
The stakes grow higher as water levels recede. Recent rains made no significant dent in California’s huge water deficit, leaving the state still looking at its worst drought in more than half a century. The Golden State’s $45 billion agricultural sector is at risk of devastation, some smaller water districts might run dry in the next few months, and delicate ecosystems hang in the balance.
President Barack Obama will speak about drought relief Friday in Fresno, most likely with this new bill as rhetorical fodder. Obama, like California leaders and House Democrats, had blasted the House GOP bill as a water grab for agriculture at the environment’s expense and a political power play that would undermine years of difficult negotiations. Agricultural and environmental groups alike praised the senators’ bill Tuesday, if only as a first step.
“This bill provides operational flexibility to increase water supplies and primes federal agencies to make the best use of any additional rain,” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a news release. “With so little water available, we must focus on streamlining federal programs and provide what assistance we can to those farmers and communities being hit the hardest.”
Contact your Congress person to TELL THEM TO PASS THE SENATE’S VERSION OF THE DROUGHT BILL!!