Skip to comments.California Announces Restrictions on Water Use by Farmers
Posted on 06/12/2015 8:00:56 PM PDT by RightGeek
Farmers with rights to California water dating back more than a century will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977, state officials announced Friday. The officials said that rights dating to 1903 would be restricted, and that such restrictions would grow as the summer months go on, with the state facing a prolonged drought that shows few signs of easing.
Demand in our key rivers systems are outstripping supply, said Caren Trgovcich, the State Water Resources Control Boards chief deputy director. Other cuts may be imminent.
It is too early to know the practical impact of the cuts, which prohibit farmers from taking surface water. State officials have warned of such curtailments for months, and many farmers and agricultural water districts prepared for them by increasing their reserves or digging new wells for groundwater.
The restrictions could cause the widespread fallowing of cropland in areas that have so far been largely exempt from cutbacks. The impact is likely to be felt far more broadly than it was in the 1970s, because the state now has more authority to impose cuts and a greater ability to measure how water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is used.
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Far more water is lost in leakage of older water distribution and transmission systems which the Governor doesn’t maintain.
Millions of people live where there isn’t enough water to support them and I should feel sorry for them?
This is suddenly new either, but I personally have heard the warnings about California for years, and water is perhaps the top reason why I resolved years ago not to live there. Plus this will also hurt unless a great deal of our fruit growing relocates or the drought eases, whichever comes first.
What about all those golf courses?
No one is asking you to feel sorry.
Thousands farm where there is no water to support irrigation intensive farming.
Alfalfa for Arabian thoroughbreds take 12% of our water.
Almond farmers take another 12%.
It is an absolute no brainer this water should go to cities.
Break out the popcorn!!
This is just toooo funny to watch.
And the water issue is the exact same with the electric issue and brown-outs about 10 years ago.
CA has seen a massive population increase, mainly by illegal/criminal immigrants.
The left loves that. It makes them feel holy and special and kind and they think the illegals will like them.
But the liberals also say, “No more power plants. It’s for the environment.”
Even though CA has millions more people drawing electricity.
And then they say, “No more reservoirs or aquaducts. It’s for the environment.”
Even though millions more people are consuming water.
Suddenly, there isn’t enough water.
Well, I hope all the liberals in CA give their water to the illegals (to show how caring and compassionate they are) and then die of thirst.
Yes, I really do hope the liberals in CA die of thirst. Because what is happening in CA is symbolic of what will soon be happening all through this country...because of liberal ideology.
So let them be the first to suffer.
Indeed. Look at a Google map of the US. You’ll see lots of green (where intelligent people live) and lots of tan, which are the deserts (where stupid people dependent upon the government and who feel entitled to the fruit of others live).
Makes no earthly or heavenly sense.
And most of them believe in evolution.
Here’s evolution at play: those stupid liberals should die out and stop breeding leaving a populace who lives in the green part of the map.
SeeBS News had a story on their evening “news” a couple of days ago.
It was a story about a California almond grower.
Because of the drought, he had to rip out 51,000 almond trees. They showed the barren, treeless fields.
He’s trying to maintain his remaining trees. The almond grower said he is paying 15 times as much for water than he used to in order to try and save these remaining almond trees.
It was mentioned that it takes one gallon of water to grow a single almond.
This is good news. Jerry Brown was trying to avoid cutting AG water because it means less work for his precious Mexican illegals. Some might even have to go home now..
Sane people in California need to move. The rest need to starve in the dark. When they get hungry enough and want gas for their cars, water for their pools and power for their air conditioning, they have the instate resources to develop it.
The other 56 states need good people in them. Sane californians are welcome. If sane californians choose to stay and support a communist state, that’s their call.
“Millions of people live where there
isn’t enough water to support them and I
should feel sorry for them?”
I didn’t see anything in the article
indicating people wanted others to
feel sorry for them but do you
ask the same question about people
who live on flood plains, tornado areas,
hurricane areas, and forest fire areas?
To cities??? The freakin’ water infrastructure for the most part was installed to provide irrigation.
If the cities want water, they can build de-sal or haul an iceberg down from the north.
Water utilities were granted monopolies premised on reliable acquisition and distribution of water. Their JOB is to provide water. They are to lazy to invest in infrastructure, but you can bet your ass they will turn around and demand rate increases when their revenue declines with domestic conservation.
“Well, I hope all the liberals in CA give their water to the illegals (to show how caring and compassionate they are) and then die of thirst.”
Glad to see you qualified who needs to be dying, because there are still millions of us Conservatives here who don’t need to be walking the plank for the miscreant RATS. Jerry Brown should have his “bullet train” shoved up his a$$ sideways. If we had continued to develop nuclear power, desalinization would be practical. If we had built water storage facilities to keep pace with our growth in both population and agriculture, we,and the country would not be in this mess and desalinization would probably not have been needed.
FR and people holding Conservative views are staying in California to fight the good fight.....Let the cowards run where they may.....My heroes stand shoulder to shoulder with me IN California!
Best of luck to you.
The Los Angeles took over the existing small irrigation systems and built huge new ones in the 1920s and 1930s in Owens Valley and Mono Lake. San Francisco obtained the water rights to Hetch Hetchy in 1908, completed O'Shaughnessy Dam in 1923, and completed the system to bring it to the city in 1934. San Jose and the surrounding areas get their water from the underground aquifer, which is replenished by water from various small dams in the Santa Cruz mountains that were built and operated by San Jose. All of those were paid for with tax money from those cities. To claim they were built by farmers is nonsense.
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