There are already so many groups involved
in the effort here in the San Joaquin Valley,
how will the Forum lead?
The Forum refuses to engage in the politics of polarization and political discrimination – deciding who shall or shall not sit at the table. Issues such as poor water quality, a struggling education system, high rates of poverty, a lack of well paying and meaningful jobs, poor air quality, and a rapid loss of prime farm land are examples of the challenges that we cannot accept as “business as usual”. A recent Congressional Research Study came to the conclusion that the San Joaquin Valley, while it is the most productive agricultural region in the U.S., had higher unemployment and poverty rates, received more public assistance for households, and is more economically depressed than the Appalachia region. Why does a region with abundant resources, the most developed water systems in the country, and some of the best farmland in the world become the most economically depressed region in the U.S.? We all have our work cut out for us!
The Forum will lead by example. The San Joaquin Valley Water Leadership Forum is a way for every one of us to get involved in the future of our valley in the most meaningful way. We will also collaborate and partner with other existing initiatives that work earnestly, diligently, and with a sense of purpose and urgency. Time is running out…
Our Founding Fathers would be pleased knowing that we as a people who live here in this great valley are a well informed and an engaged citizenry. And most importantly, our children and their children would be pleased to know that we worked hard to assure that they had inherited a brighter and more secure future. The Forum stands on the guiding principles of a pluralistic society. We in the valley will be stronger united, rather than divided. . . . read more