William Bourdeau is executive vice president of Harris Farms, director of the Westlands Water District, and chairman of the Valley Future Foundation.
Farm Bill proves to be crucial lifeline for Calif. agriculture, national food security
"A stable domestic food supply chain is more crucial than ever," writes William Bourdeau.
May 18, 2023
Water mismanagement is an urgent wake-up call for Californians
With the wet winter currently underway, California have a chance to break the cycle of feast and famine, writes William Bourdeau.
April 10, 2023
Calif.’s drought cure starts with adapting to changing circumstances
Gov. Gavin Newsom, and state and Federal water officials are calling for a temporary shift to save and store water after intense storms. It's time for California's Water Board to heed the call, writes Willam Bourdeau.
February 21, 2023
Water shortages are pushing Calif. farms, communities to the brink. Pricey water sales aren’t the answer.
"Thanks to limited planning, California's water supplies continue to shrink, communities are being pushed to the brink, and little headway is being made to generate long-term solutions to our state's water issues."
November 30, 2022
Calif.’s great water experiments have failed. It’s time for real solutions.
Researchers identified that California's approach to water isn't working. But they've also exposed badly-needed solutions, writes Westlands and San Luis Delta-Mendota board member William Bourdeau.
August 1, 2022
Water, drought, and the supply chain crisis
This holiday season, every family is paying close attention to a topic no one ever expected would be a debate around the dinner table: the supply chain crisis.
December 23, 2021
Valley – and California’s – family-owned businesses can’t take another tax
The Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act will force Valley families to pay a huge tax bill on property or assets they didn’t own decades earlier, writes BizFed Central Valley chair William Bourdeau.
October 21, 2021
California water policies inhibit food production by Valley farmers
What happens when the ability of farmers to feed the nation is suppressed by policies that inhibit the certainty of domestic food production?
April 16, 2020