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Valley Farmers, Farmworkers Head To Bay Area To Fight For Water

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Dozens of farmers, farmworkers and valley families boarded 15 buses Thursday morning headed towards the bay area.

The group headed to Concord Congressman George Millers office, where they hope to educate those in Northern California about the effect water restrictions based on environmental concerns are having on valley families.

"Really the message is simple; turn on the pumps and stop blaming farmers for "killing fish" when there are several reasons the fish are dying," said rally organizer Ben Bergquan.

The buses left around 5:30 a.m. so the group could arrive by 10 a.m. for a march and rally. Participants hope to pass out literature and speak to concerned Bay Area citizen's about the water crisis.

This isn't the first time this group has traveled to get their message heard; just last month they headed to congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's office for a similar event. And on Tuesday, 52 mayors from around the Valley, alongside the Latino Water Coalition, sent a letter to President Obama asking for help and to come out and see the devastation first-hand.

It's a fight some like Sandy Newburn say is too important to give up on,"It's our food, I mean this isn't some fufu issue-it's our food," Newburn told KMPH before boarding the bus.  

The drought, and low water supply, has left thousands of Valley workers unable to feed their families. Around 35,000 are out of work on Fresno County's west side as farmers deal with their 3rd year of drought, a condition made worse by cutbacks in pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

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