Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, announced that President Barack Obama included funding for the Lower San Joaquin Feasibility River Study in his budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
"In San Joaquin County alone, 450,000 Californians rely on flood protection," McNerney wrote in a December letter to Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy of the Army for Civil Works and Acting Director Jeffery Zients. "Fully funding this study will ensure that residents can continue to be protected from floods and that the water supply in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta remains intact."
McNerney added this week, "I am glad that the president chose to fund this study, ultimately creating jobs, improving our infrastructure, and restoring the environment. This study is a great example of how partnerships between all levels of government as well as private entities can yield positive results, providing increased protection from flooding and investing in our infrastructure."
The Lower San Joaquin River Feasibility Study is a partnership of federal, state and local governments, as well as local public and private entities, including 11 reclamation districts.