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What Hath The California Democrats Wrought In Their Folly? by The Elephant's Child
June 13, 2015, 10:11 pm
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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.

mapVlyQuadCityThe 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.



As the Great State of California Sinks Slowly in the West… by The Elephant's Child
June 11, 2015, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption | Tags: , , ,

California is having a water crisis, largely as a result of their own actions. It has been a four-year long drought. Both governor Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama have blamed it on man-made climate change. But in California history, droughts are common, and predictable as in 1920-34, 1976-77 and 1987-97  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration droughts are more likely to result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures..

What is new and different is that California now has 40 million more residents, well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is in recent massive immigration. If you encourage immigration, legal and illegal, it is helpful to make sure you have the infrastructure, including water supplies, to support those new residents. A record one in every four current California residents was not born in the United States.

Victor Davis Hanson, a long-time California farmer as well as an academic, explains a bit of the history:

After the initial phases of the federal Central Valley Project and state California Water Project were largely finished — and flooding was no longer considered a dire threat in Northern California — environmentalists in the last 40 years canceled most of the major second- and third-stage storage projects. To take a few examples, they stopped the raising of Shasta Dam, the construction of the Peripheral Canal, and gargantuan projects such as the Ah Pah and Dos Rios reservoirs.

Those were certainly massive, disruptive, and controversial projects with plenty of downsides — and once considered unnecessary in an earlier, much smaller California. But no one denies now that they would have added millions of acre-feet of water for 40 million people.

Lower foothill dams such as the proposed Sites, Los Banos, and Temperance Flat dams in wet years would have banked millions of acre-feet as insurance for dry years. All such reservoirs were also canceled.

Yet a single 1 million acre-foot reservoir can usually be built as cheaply as a desalinization plant. It requires a fraction of desalinization’s daily energy use, leaves a much smaller carbon footprint, and provides almost 20 times as much water. California could have built perhaps 40–50 such subsidiary reservoirs for the projected $68 billion cost of the proposed high-speed rail project.

California’s Governor Jerry Brown, disrespectfully called ‘Governor Moonbeam” offered helpfully “This goes to the very foundation of what it means to be human in a world of living things. The heat-trapping gases that out society generates are creating alterations in the fundamentals of our whole atmosphere. We may have already passed a tipping point.”

Fixing the water shortage was not really one of the problems he believes he was hired to fix. It’s really a matter of “overpopulation,” he said, ignoring the fact that he invited illegal immigrants to call  his state home.Californians will have to find a “more elegant” way of using and reusing water. “The metaphor is spaceship Earth” he explained. “In a spaceship you reuse everything.”

So far his only fixes are punitive, fining those who waste water, monitoring shower times, and urging neighbors to squeal on their neighbors. Expect more restrictions.

John Hinderaker described the problems after  their spring break week in California:

In its early years, the intellectual and moral rot that liberalism represents may not be reflected, in obvious ways, in the physical world. But over time, the inevitable consequences of liberalism become apparent. If you visit California today, you will see, in the state’s embarrassing physical condition, the first stages of liberalism’s collapse.




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