Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Immigration | Tags: California Central Valley, Drought, Farmland
On Friday, California’s water regulators —The State Water Control Board (SWRCB)—ordered the curtailment of all water diversion to farmers in the Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento River watersheds, including those holding senior water rights more than a hundred and ten years old.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources and several other municipal water districts are also affected. This is the fourth year of a record drought which can be blamed directly on government mismanagement. The Board says more cuts may be “imminent” as the state continues to monitor the effects of the drought.
The cutbacks may cause farmers to abandon thousands of acres of viable farmland. In May, some farmers with senior water rights negotiated with state regulators to cut use by 25 percent in exchange for an exemption from cuts during the growing season.
The reasons for the drought are enumerated in this previous post, but it doesn’t help California farmers in the present.
The Valley is a vast agricultural region drained by the Sacramento River in the North and the San Joaquin River down by Fresno. About 75% of the irrigated land in California and 17% of the Nation’s irrigated land is in the Central Valley.
More than 250 different crops are grown in the Central Valley with an estimated value of $17 billion per year. Using less than 1% of U.S farmland, the Central Valley supplies 8% of U.S. agricultural output (by value) and a quarter of the Nation’s food, including 40% of the country’s fruits, nuts and other table foods.
The major crop types are cereal grains, hay, cotton, tomatoes, vegetables, citrus, tree fruits, nuts, table grapes and wine grapes. The real story is, of course far more complicated, with increased Central Valley population, new demands for water for new housing, environmentalist protection of the fabled Delta smelt, a 2″ long bait fish of no known use, which may or may not be an endangered species, and may or may not be of any importance at all except for the millions of gallons of desperately needed water used to maintain the flow of water in the Sacramento River for the benefit of said fish as it flows briskly out to sea.
What it means to you and me is inflation in the cost of food, and probably some shortages. It is also a vast display of the incompetence of of government that is more interested in playing politics and building useless ” high-speed”railroads to nowhere, at a cost far over $100 billion that would be outdated by the time they are completed.
You might think about planting some vegetables.
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