Water Agencies Mark 50th Anniversary of San Luis Project with Full-Page Ad

On Aug. 18, 1962, President John F. Kennedy joined California Gov. Pat Brown on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley to dedicate the San Luis Project, a federal-state dam and reservoir complex that today provides water to farms and cities from the Bay Area to San Diego.

To mark the 50th anniversary of that event, members of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority sponsored a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News and other newspapers hailing the importance of water development in California.

“In the fIfty years sInce that event,water from the San Luis Project has helped the Silicon Valley to bloom and prosper. It has watered more than a million acres of California’s richest farmlands, producing fresh fruit and vegetables for America and the world. It has created thousands of jobs. And today it supplies water to the homes of more than 25 million Californians,” the ad said.

“The challenges we face have not changed in those fifty years. Neither have the opportunities that an abundant and reliable water supply can bring to California.”

The ad can be viewed here.

A video clip of President Kennedy’s remarks at the event, courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources, can be viewed here

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