Skip to comments.Fish Vs. Farmers
Posted on 09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT by Kaslin
Delta smelts: Preferred over humans.
Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.
There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.
Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the world.
The largest man-made agricultural disaster since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s is unfolding in the valley due to yet another attempt to protect a fish declared to be threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This damage is being done to protect the hypomesus transpacificus, otherwise known as the delta smelt.
Last December the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in its finite wisdom, issued something called a biological opinion imposing water restrictions on the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas to protect the habitat of this tiny fish. The authorities forget the species homo sapiens, also part of the ecosystem, is threatened.
Its habitat is being destroyed by government edict.
To protect the smelt, billions of gallons of water from the mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farms and into the ocean, while farmers watched their crops wither and their once-productive land become barren.
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lets use the Food Chain rule
This is 2009, we shouldn’t have to choose between fish & farmers.
Democrats are afraid of science & technology.
More about this Domestic Terrorism:
As many have said, Al Qaeda couldn’t have hit our farmers harder than some in Washington have!
What is she getting some kind of kickback or something? Good grief, starve the state and the country to save a fish?
I agree 1000 percent
CA voted for Obummer, the Marxist now posing as a Fascist, Pelosi, Feinstine, Waxman, etc.
They deserve it.
This not only means ruin for the farmers, but it is also a huge loss in income for the state.
So CA and the stupid EPA are burying CA in a financial morass.
We need to destroy the EPA.
Any of the state senators from the Central Coast at this rally or sending their support?
You should look up the red/blue California map before you foist your wrath on these people.
The Second Civil War is going to suck. But I know who’s going to win.
The Inland Empire votes conservative.
This can't be an actual question, right?
People don't need to think about this for more than a moment to know the answer, right?
The world has gone mad.
The Santa Anas kick up a mighty dust cloud these days
Sounds like a campaign commercial... long shot from a helicopter flying along the vast expanses of desolation...
“...the water diversion that was doing damage to the region, harming both smelt and salmon.”
Wild salmon are dying in Scandinavia, the UK and the US because of proximity to fish farms from which they contract parasites. It’s happening all over. [Therefore the water was not diverted to save the salmon.]
There have been 15 non-native species introduced into those waterways over the years. The Delta smelt is probably no longer a “native species” but has been crossed with an introduced Japanese fish. [Therefore the water was not diverted to save a “species.” (Note DNA demonstrated the Spotted Owl was not a species but a sub-species not covered by the rules).]
Cities in the area dump raw sewage into the water. [Therefore the dying fish could have been the result of the polluted water and not the pumps as alleged]
Water in California has been a political issue for many years.
Money on it: they will drive out the small farmers & the land will be bought by giant corporations who will farm it.
Pay attention. Groceries will go up for everybody around the country. Take notice that much of the produce around the country will be from foreign countries.
This is a very revealing issue.
I’m in agreement with you Jeff. The California people need to stop listening to suits telling them they can’t have water and turn the damned water on themselves.
Even Huell Howser (everyone in California knows Huell Howser) did a show on the manufactured crisis entitle “Water crisis.” It is available on YouTube.
beer batter .. lots of it..
I know that.
The point is that the entire state is going to suffer the consequences, not just the agricultural areas.
The foos in San Fran, San Diego and L. A. will suffer.
True, they will not suffer as much as the person who loses their farm and their way of life, but they will suffer.
CA is going to go totally bankrupt and this only makes that day arrive sooner.
If the water were turned on today it would be too late for any crops this year. The damage has been done. The fight now should be to get the water by early spring.
The solution is so obvious!!! And the resistance to it is as well...SSZ
The solution is so obvious!!! And the resistance to it is as well...SSZ
I am expecting that land to be the perfect spot for Obamas solar/windfarm. Green jobs anyone?
The farmers need to bring this to a head one way or another. What I would suggest would be for them to turn the water back on. If it takes bloodshed, so be it. They will not be any worse off.
ery few, if any, know what we are facing. We are facing individuals that are completely and totally depraved. Their only god is power and they will do whatever under the sun it takes for them to gain and keep it.
We are dealing with and expect to be treated decently by individuals who have no decency. We expect to be shown mercy by people who not only have mo mercy but do not know what mercy is.
They need to show them what Americans were made of in the 1900s and go in mass a to turn the water back on and bust anyone that tries to stop them.
But that is a individual choice each soul has to make. I have made mine. I have made peace with my Maker. I will not serve and kiss obama’s rear end. I will die fighting as a free man. My last breath on this earth will be as a free man.
Bummer has declared that man made disasters are another word for terrorism. So this is the largest agricultural terrorism.
This act of domestic terrorism was caused by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, unelected leftist radical true believers.
Recall that Article 1 Section 1 grants all legislative powers to Congress. That means ALL powers, not just the easy ones that cannot threaten individual’s reelection.
It is just another crime against our Constitution and people that untouchable bureaucrats have illegally been given such incredible tyrannical power over a once free people.
The fact that the water pumps kill some smelt doesn’t mean they are a threat to the species. This is just enviro-whacko terrorism.
Stalin must be this despicable woman's hero!
When will Californians awaken from their drugged sleep which we observers in the rest of America perceive as an Orwellian nightmare?
Down with Feinstein! Down with the central government's drive to shove our nation into the pit that is pure communism!