Skip to comments.Water, Water Everywhere…Except for California’s Farms
Posted on 01/19/2011 6:30:21 PM PST by Congressman Tom McClintock
By Tom McClintock
House Chamber, Washington, D.C. January 19, 2011
The Department of Interior issued an announcement yesterday that perfectly illustrates the irrationality of our current approach to water issues.
Californias precipitation this season has gone off the charts. Statewide snow water content is 198 percent of normal; in the all-important Northern Sierra snowpack is 174 percent of normal. This is not only a wet year it is one of the wettest years on record.
Yet yesterday, we have this announcement from the Department of the Interior: that despite a nearly unprecedented abundance of water, the Bureau of Reclamation will only guarantee delivery of 45 percent of the California Central Valleys contracted water supply south of the Delta. This is the same percentage they received last year with barely average rainfall.
This is of crucial importance to the entire nation, since the Central Valley of California is one of the largest producers of our nations food supply. California produces half of the U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables on the nations grocery shelves and the prices you pay are directly affected by the California harvest.
The deliberate decision by this administration in 2009 and 2010 to divert hundreds of billions of gallons of water away from the Central Valley destroyed a quarter million acres of the most productive farmland in America, it threw tens of thousands of families into unemployment and it affected grocery prices across the country.
At the time, the administration blamed a mild drought, but never explained why a drought justified their decision to pour 200 billion gallons of water (that we did have) directly into the Pacific Ocean. In a rational world a drought means that you are more careful not to waste the water that you have.
The real reason for this irrational policy, of course, is that they were indulging the environmental Lefts pet cause, a three-inch minnow called the Delta Smelt. Diverting precious water to Delta Smelt habitat was considered more important than producing the food that feeds the country and preserving the jobs that produce the food.
But that issue is now moot. This year we have nearly twice the normal water supply at this point in the season, and yet the Department of Interior will allow only 45 percent of normal water deliveries to California Central Valley agriculture south of the Delta.
The difference comes to 1.1 million acre-feet of water. 1.1 million acre feet.
Now consider this: since December 1st, the Central Valley Project has released 1.4 million acre feet more water into the Pacific Ocean than they did just last year.
Let me repeat that. At the same time this Administration is denying California Central Valley agriculture 1.1 million acre feet of their rightfully contracted water in one of the wettest years on record, it is dumping 1.4 million acre feet of additional water into the Pacific Ocean.
M. Speaker, this is insane. Coleridges lament Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink appears to have become the policy of this administration.
The American people did not invest billions of dollars into federal water projects so that their water can be dumped into the ocean to please environmental extremists.
This policy may have been cheered by the previous Congress, but it wont be tolerated by the new majority, nor by the American people.
There was a time when the principal objective of our federal water policy was to assure an abundance of water to support a growing population and a flourishing economy. But in recent years, a radical and retrograde ideology has taken root in our public policy, abandoning abandoned abundance as the objective of our water policy and replacing it with the government rationing of government-created shortages.
I cannot imagine a more disturbing example of this ideology at work than the announcement yesterday by the Department of Interior. Even faced with a super-abundance of water, they are determined to create and then to ration water shortages.
The American people expect better and they deserve better. They deserve a government dedicated to restoring jobs, prosperity and abundance all of which is well within our reach if we will simply reverse the folly that was on full display with yesterdays announcement.
Ironically, this announcement came on the same day that the President ordered his agencies to identify regulatory policies that are harming the economy.
M. Speaker, it appears the Department of Interior missed that memo.
Course, this was known back in the ‘80’s
Ya they’ll look at all the old regs just so they can make new more restrictive ones. This won’t be over until bo is out of office.
Are you the real Tom McClintock? If so, kudos to you. CA always needed you and we appreciated your work in Sacramento to fight the good fight and now you can fight it from DC. Good luck to you and we’ll be praying for you. A good man shouldn’t have to deal with the pit of vipers there.
None of the decisions about CA’s water make any sense at all but those making these lame decisions have to have a working brain to understand that. I guess they think we’ll have to plant our own gardens to grow our own produce and then they can regulate and probably tax us under the latest food bill to pass Congress.
I hope that the congressman’s appointment to the Natural Resources committee by the majority party will allow him to exert greater pressure to undo this catastrophic policy. Thankfully, I am confident that Mr. McClintock will do everything possible.
Worth repeating, “Ironically, this announcement came on the same day that the President ordered his agencies to identify regulatory policies that are harming the economy.”
I thought this was Jim Traficant for a minute. :-)
Don’t give up and never lose hope.
Living up here in hopelessly blue Michigan on November 6th 2010 we became one of the reddest states in the country overnight.
It’s easy to control a starving population.
a special interest group wants cut-rate water
Don't know about the vegetables, but it certainly produces lots of fruits and nuts.
Now if we could only keep them there. / s
Worth repeating, Ironically, this announcement came on the same day that the President ordered his agencies to identify regulatory policies that are harming the economy.
That was the opening salvo for Obama 2012, “The Great Compromiser”. I’m hoping that the unemployed, trapped, squeezed and homeless have a very long memory. And the young people who voted for him in 2008 can play Xbox in em and pee’s basement only for so long, even if they have insurance :)
P.S. An automatic CLM (career-limiting move) for a government employee would be to actually follow this order that was designed to not be followed.
Water, water everywhere but not a drop for any districs that are not Rat infested.
Ahem. One hopes that Congresscritters can at least speak English.
Oh, forget it. Abandon ye all hope, whilst Congress is in session.
This is a major crime. I like all farmers and even the illegal aliens that work on farms. What is more basic and righteous than producing food for others to eat? The Democrats claim to be for the minorities yet here they are screwing Hispanics which are what many/most of the owners and workers there are
Blame the eco-nazis and their faggy lawyers
Not impossible but highly unlikely. He's posted 5 articles since he's been here, almost a year and zero replies.
Jerry Brown would shoot up 10 points in the polls if he took this issue head on and made the Feds yield on this denial of water to farmers. I doubt Brown will move on this
Pure insanity thanks to Global Warming cultists. Get the gummit out of our farms.
Pray for America
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there is more go to the website. It explains why they support abortion & why they support taking over the food supply — all our leaders corporate, political, art are convinced that the people who support their lavish lifestyles — flying around the world to go to meetings to figure out how to kill off the rest of us so that they & their progeny can go to wild untouched wilderness without any rednecks to interrupt their vacations.
Let the bears eat them & all their younglings.
When the snow melts in the spring, there’ll be plenty of water. In Sacramento, anyway.
There is a concerted effort by corrupt government to destroy existing Ca farmers, so the the ‘Big Boys’, meaning International Corps, can buy them cheap and control the food supply. IMHO
This is not about the environment whackos, it’s about naked corruption and evil goals to dominate the common populous. It’s the same people who have shipped production over seas, mainly to China and India.
You are watching The Planned Destruction of Our Republic taking place before your wide open eyes!
Well, of course, how else can our leaders drive up the cost of food?
It really does matter what your philosophy is.
Hey, sionnsar, kiss my A$$!!!
Me too. Easy call.