Skip to comments.Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland.
The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry.
The 29 agencies that draw from the state's water-delivery system have other sources, although those also have been hard-hit by the drought.
Many farmers in California's Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, also draw water from a separate system of federally run reservoirs and canals, but that system also will deliver just a fraction of its normal water allotment this year.
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Based on what I’ve read about Mulholland, those very farmers and cities, counties, etc. who are now being denied water from “California’s (actually LA’s) Vast Reserves” were fooled into signing over their watersheds to him Decades and Decades ago....
Irony? Probably being denied their own water.
No problem. Just get the illegals from Mexico to bring water when they come. Surely, if we give them free education, free healthcare, free welfare checks, free housing,and free clothing, the least they could do is give us a “little” free water in return.
>> would not send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system
Send or restrict?
On the other hand, I'm sure the federal government will find some extremely expensive way to provide water at the expense of the taxpayers.
There was a time in America when making bad decisions (like living in a huge city in a desert) had negative consequences.
James Earl Carter cancelled 33 western US water projects in the 70’s. It’s almost like dems want to ruin the country.
Perhaps if Gov. Brown, during his next press conference, were to read 1 Kings, Chapter 18 aloud and then declare:
“As Governor of this state I wish to lead our people in a public repentance of the worship of Mammon, of the sins of Sodom & Gomorrah and of offering our unborn children to Moloch. We humbly ask Almighty God to forgive our sins, to once again send the rains and to restore our souls, lands and crops.”
Hey, Jonah didn’t expect it from the king of Nineveh, either!
Living Bible (TLB)
3 1-2 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah again: Go to that great city, Nineveh, he said, and warn them of their doom, as I told you to before!
3 So Jonah obeyed and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city with many villages around itso large that it would take three days to walk through it.[a]
4-5 But the very first day when Jonah entered the city and began to preach, the people repented. Jonah shouted to the crowds that gathered around him, Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed! And they believed him and declared a fast; from the king on down, everyone put on sackcloththe rough, coarse garments worn at times of mourning.[b]
6 For when the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne, laid aside his royal robes, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And the king and his nobles sent this message throughout the city: Let no one, not even the animals, eat anything at all, nor even drink any water. 8 Everyone must wear sackcloth and cry mightily to God, and let everyone turn from his evil ways, from his violence and robbing. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will decide to let us live and will hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.
10 And when God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he abandoned his plan to destroy them and didnt carry it through.
Agree completely but I think you will find the agricultural owners and managers to be mostly conservative, only to be out-voted and out-represented by urban, farm-worker and union voters that favor Democrats. This does not include the wine-makers as that is usually an income negative profession and largely owned by liberal types with money from elsewhere.
On an aside, I am old enough to remember when popular magazines were full of glowing visions of the future. In particular I remember visions of ocean-front nuclear power plants with attached desalination plants that would end all drought problems. Like the sky-car I was promised, I suppose!
I’m not sure what bad decisions you think were made? We’re in a drought during what is normally the rainy season - it hasn’t rained much in over a year.
BTW, most of the affected framers and ranchers are conservatives. Most of suburbs with landscapes to irrigate and cars to wash tend to be conservative.
The libs live in their little rat warrens in urban areas and hardly notice there is a drought.
The solution is simple:
Frack for gas
Tax the producers 25% of their gas.
Use the gas to power desalinization plants
The technology is proven and off the shelf in use in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel
Had severe water shortages in South Carolina, but then God sent the bucket brigades over the state and solved the problem. A few days last summer rain was falling at the rate of an inch an hour. Hope He hears your calls and gets you out of the water problem.
And yet California keeps voting Dhimmicrat (well probably not the Central Valley )
Put them on water rationing hours and you'll get their attention.
Idea! everyone is supposed to drink about 2 liters of H2o per day. Multiply that by the estimated 10 million illegals in CA and you’ve got yourself a lake full of H2o per day. Deport them! Water problem solved.
Don’t worry...everything will be hunky-dory. Isn’t california spending obscene amounts of tax-money on a high speed rail between feral-infested cities? Yea, that’s the ticket...problems solved.
In other words, "Fish First!"
“Use the gas to power desalinization plants”
100% agree with you on this. I was always of the opinion that if they did this on the dark continent instead of handing dictators money, Africa would become part of the global economy.
75% of the world is water and we have the technology to make it drinkable.
Well, that's better than putting the Delta Smelt as the top priority. /s
Without illegal immigration there would be enough water.
I saw some comments on the Yahoo posting of this that talked about desalinization plants. But they were talking wave and solar and wind powered ones. LOL.
Guess they don’t need all those illegal immigrants now to pick the produce now since there won’t be any farms left...
We've been under drought conditions in Texas for 3 years. The local lake has practically dried up.
I'd say, if at all possible, give your farmland a break and let it go fallow for a couple seasons. Once the food starts drying up in the cities and politicians lose the revenue, the situation may change.
I don’t think so. It’s the crops, the crops. The crops feed the whole nation.
It would be useful to examine the political leanings of the districts being denied water by a democrat governor.
I lived in TX for almost 10 years, (Houston area) and we had no shortage of rain when I was there. It’s hard to imagine it any different, although I don’t doubt your word.
The problem with rain in TX is the flash floods that seem to follow! I remember allowing (forcing) a young man (16) to hole up in my house for the afternoon when the streets flooded almost to the front doors on the houses. He was driving my son home from school and thought he could make it to his house (a mile away and on lower ground) because he was sure that his Volkswagon would float!
“Sit down. There’s a desk, a lamp, and a phone. Here’s a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. Call your mother and wait it out.”
He was gone in an hour as the water receded. LOL.
And he could do it too. Brown went to seminary before he abandoned it all to go into politics and hippiedom.
If it’s state owned land then the state already gets lease payments and royalty.
Up it 25% more, which would be another 1/4 royalty, and you get no drilling because when you get down around 55%-65% for the operator it’s not profitable because of the taxes.
With private property it would probable be even lower % for the operator.
They are already o water rationing and have been for years.
I agree. Desalinization is the way to go. Too bad that they didn’t start building those plants 25 years ago.
The only fly in the ointment is that the coastl liberals will scream about “ugly plants spoiling our views of the ocean.”
My point is that without illegals in So. Cal., there would be more water available during a drought for legal citizens and for the crops...the crops.
You mean tax the consumer 25% because that is who eventually pays the extra costs laid by gubmint.
Houston is a whole world away from the Permian Basin, about 650 miles from where I live. The biggest tree’s we have here are fence posts brought in from the Hill Country.
“Frack for gas
Tax the producers 25% of their gas.
Use the gas to power desalinization plants
The technology is proven and off the shelf in use in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel”
All I can say is some people should not make their comments this public, the lack of knowledge shown in your comment is astounding.
I couldn’t stay away from that comment either. The producer already pays a severance tax to the state, 20 to 25 percent to the mineral holder and 20% to the Fed. Yea let’s hit them for another 25% and shut them down completely.
El Paso is halfway to Los Angeles from Houston! Or, so I was told on a plane one time. You are right; the weather patterns between Houston and West Texas are quite different.
It is now old technology
you need to get out more often. It's a new world
That looks like Port Everglades.
Ras Abu Fontas, Qatar
Will they still get farm subsidies to ‘not grow” crops without water ?
Those signs are a lot older and dustier now. Still there - drove past them last month. Oddly there are sections nearby which are obviously receiving water.
Your first 4 comments spoke volumes about your lack of knowledge about oil and gas and business in general.
Farmers with a "D" on their voter registration.
Lol..., that would solve the problem! The folks on the left coast are responsible for this mess...let them live with it. They just need to elect “ONE” more environmentalist wacko huh...?
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains in recent years have led to another decrease in the U.S. cattle herd"
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