California water crisis persists as Governor Newsom vacations in Costa Rica

How can California have a water crisis when the state borders the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 400 miles north-south and 50 miles to 80 miles east-west, empties into more than 15 rivers, 6 lakes and many streams? The Sierra Nevada snowpack is California’s main source of water and an important source of electricity generation.

Only government mismanagement could spoil this natural abundance so badly. But think about where California is right now – we have many crises going on simultaneously.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s California, which is still under its state of COVID emergency as of March 2020, can be summed up as follows: water rationing, grocery union strike, homeless denied vouchers housing in Los Angeles, reparations for descendants of slaves, $7.00 per person -gallon-gas, K-12 porn program, COVID vaccine bills, single-payer health coverage, public school teacher strike, drug shortage energy and crime… There’s more, but it’s a decent summary, all of which link to articles explaining.

California is a state in crisis and in decline. California has the highest taxes in the country and severely declining public services, which were among the best in the country at one time.

As The Globe reported in November, California was once the land of opportunity and innovation. There was a time when almost anyone with a good idea and a strong work ethic could start a business. California used to lead the nation in manufacturing – today not much manufacturing remains in the state. California schools were once the envy of the nation – today they rank at the bottom of the nation’s scale. California agriculture has always supplied more than our state, but even that is under attack. What made California great is being systematically destroyed.

And right now, California is facing a severe government-induced water shortage. People forget that winter 2019 brought 200% of average precipitation and snowpack. Yet the state has always withheld water for farmers and residents have faced rationing, The Globe reported in May 2019. This abundance has not been stored for the next drought.

“If we don’t grow it, American consumers won’t get it,” says California Rep. Doug LaMalfa.

Representative Doug LaMalfa (https://lamalfa.house.gov/)

“California sends 50 million acres of feet to the sea each year in an effort to meet water quality standards, and this week California took another giant step toward extracting a another 825,000 acres of fresh water from the storage reservoir and sending that flow directly to the ocean,” Central Valley water expert Kristi Diener said Thursday on the California Water for Food and Food Facebook page. People Movement Why? “Because the pollution needs to be diluted and the fish can’t survive in the sumps.”

“What is different this time is that there is no more water available for this purpose. So how will the “40% Unaltered Flux Plan” work? California will pay farmers not to grow food and use taxpayer money to buy their water for sewage flushing. Farmers are forced to register “voluntarily” or face worse and more catastrophic regulations.

Without enough water, California’s massive agricultural industry cannot grow the fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products and wine grapes people need. If the evil plan is to destroy California’s incredible agriculture, then it works.

The state has been letting water out of reservoirs across California for months in 2022, knowing a drought is on the horizon. And it does not go to farmers, producers, ranchers or urban users.

Governor Newsom recently issued a proclamation extending the statewide drought emergency and called for the California Water Board to pressure cities and urban water districts to move to level drought. 2, requiring a 10-20% reduction in water consumption and eliminating water consumption from certain ornamental uses.

However, as The Globe has repeatedly reported, California’s environmental policy states that water “flowing” from the reservoirs is necessary to produce a rebound of Delta smelt and endangered Chinook salmon. disappearance. The State of California directs about 50% of its developed water supply for the environment, including wild river flows, managed wetlands and wildlife reserves, habitat quality control and water for fish and required delta outflows, according to the Department of Water Resources, agriculture gets 40% and urban and manufacturing sectors get 10%. That’s why we say California can’t get out of a drought.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa, representing California’s 1st congressional district, addressed Governor Newsom’s proclamation this week:

“Limiting urban water use makes sense in this major drought, but a reduction of no more than 20% in urban use only yields a net 2% total, or 20% of 10%. To date, neither the state nor the federal government has announced any major cuts to the largest user of water, the ridiculous pie in the sky of water environmental mandates. We are facing a major drought and everyone, the ‘environment’ included, must share in the pain.”

But it’s worse than that. LaMalfa is a rice farmer from Butte County. He knows the pain of water rationing firsthand. California’s anti-human water policies are having an acute impact on every farmer and rancher in the state – from the smallest local strawberry grower, to medium and large family farms and ranches, to farms and ranches. corporate ranches – they grow all the food that each of us eats. .

La Malfa continued:

“It’s insane in a year, even the President of the United States warns of food shortages, that the state and federal government continue to prioritize uncontrolled amounts of water for fish. Restricting the water for basic human needs such as food makes no sense, at a time when agriculture, which produces the food we need to survive, has already been cut by around 70% between the state and The federal government’s plan is to withhold agricultural water in order to preserve the deep waters of the lakes for fall run salmon.

California is the nation’s largest agricultural producing state, and with many crops, if we don’t grow them, American consumers won’t have them. Inflation is hitting low income people the hardest, how much worse will it be when prices of basic foodstuffs soar over the next 18 months because the government has chosen fish over people ? There is a very limited time window to implement this policy. Right now, farmers are planting in 2022 what US consumers will use in 2023. Once the planting window is over, there’s no change for another year; the harvest year is lost, once water is wasted to meet unattainable temperature or salinity targets for fish, we will not have it. “

“Government policy is to get people out of the supermarket to satisfy their environmental masters.”

California is on the precipice, and very dangerous. But Rep. LaMalfa worked on solutions.

“In October 2019, the Trump administration entered into a memorandum of understanding between the EPA and Reclamation to create a WIFIA process for reclamation projects. In July 2021, California Congressmen Doug The Malfa and John Garamendi led a bipartisan letter with other members of the California delegation asking the EPA to allow the sites project authority to apply for a loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.

The Globe has reached out to LaMalfa’s office for clarification and to find out if and how this accounts for the more than $30 billion in water bonds approved by CA voters? Here is their response:

“This funding is separate from bonds. The authority will have to apply directly for the loans from the EPA. This release is about changing the rules to make them eligible for loans. Previously, these loans were reserved for wastewater treatment or drinking water programs. We started the rule change in 2018 (Wiin law) and then we asked Trump to act. Now it is finally adopted and available for use.

“We need Sites now more than ever; our state is facing another historic drought,” LaMalfa said. “I have been a strong supporter of this project for years, it will provide water to over 24 million Californians and 500,000 acres of farmland. This loan will significantly reduce costs for consumers and make it more affordable for taxpayers access to the water they need, even in dry years.

Families and urban water users have not wasted their way in a water shortage and cannot retain their output. “Saving 25% of 10% urban use equals 2.5%,” Diener points out. “Ongoing water discharges continue to put fish on people, and both are suffering. More water rights holders than ever before are about to receive stop-use notices from the water.

California’s largest reservoirs were full less than two years ago and held enough water for everyone who relies on them for their water supply for 7 years, Diener said. “WHERE DID HE GO?”

And why?

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