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Karen Henderson: Supports the Centennial Reservoir

Agriculture is important to California, our nation, and Nevada County as well as essential to our way of life.

Food produced locally is a life line for not only nourishment, but also for our local economy, such as growers markets, grocery stores, supporting businesses, in addition to our local farmers and ranchers. Nevada County rang up over $24 million dollars in farm gate receipts alone in 2013, up $6.4 million dollars from the year before.

How do we grow our local food footprint for our community? How can Nevada County be self- reliant and grow food sustainably?

Simple, increase our water storage capabilities.

We live in an area where we can grow a wide array of foods for our community but without a reliable source of water during the summer irrigation season, we cannot. That is why Nevada County Farm Bureau supports the Centennial Reservoir. We believe the additional storage provided by the new reservoir would ensure we have a reliable water source for local food production, regardless of continued drought.

Let's work together to support the Centennial Reservoir to continue our strong agriculture legacy in Nevada County and ensure a local food supply for our growing population.

Karen Henderson, president

Nevada County Farm Bureau