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If You Tell a Lie Often Enough

It's difficult to counter the misinformation put out by so-called environmentalists

Feb 04, 2015

It's difficult to counter the misinformation put out by so-called environmentalists who have their hands in all kinds of organizations, elected offices and appointed bureaurcrats.

They've done a good job convincing the people of California that agriculture and farming use 80% of the water when the real number is 40% (It's 40%, Stupid). They would also have us believe that the current water situation is caused soley by the drought when there are numerous policy decisions that have been made making the situation drastically worse.

Governor Jerry Brown blew off any policy problems when he said, "Governors can't make it rain" back in January.

And, as the L.A. Times reported in December, "a
growing number of environmental groups and their allies in the House take the view that Congress should simply stay out of the state's water allocation issues." The environmentalists use Congress and the EPA to pass the laws and regulations they want, but act like Congress shouldn't get involved if they propose changes they don't like.

In privious newsletters we've chronicled how environmentalists supported the California Water Bond's storage proposal even though they don't support new dams and guarantee their supporters no dams will be built (
Prop 1 is not earmarked for new dams). The delay game has already started on any dam construction (Storage-Gate). We could go on.

So, now the State Water Contractors have released what they call a Delta Doozy. They like to point out misinformation being spread about the Delta. The latest is an opinion piece that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle claiming "
there were no restrictions on delta water pumping in 2014 caused by smelt.” Can they really believe what they're saying? Read about it in the Delta Doozy.

Delta Doozy: Public Water Agencies Didn't Face Supply Cutbacks Last Year Due to Delta Smelt
 

This week’s Doozy comes from an opinion editorial, “Save delta salmon: Smelt are red herring in California water wars,” written by John McManus that appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle:

“When you hear about water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta complaining about delta smelt forcing restrictions on water pumping, take it with a grain of salt…The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on record saying there were no restrictions on delta water pumping in 2014 caused by smelt.”

Some Facts for the Record: Salmon fisherman John McManus says to take it with a grain of salt when public water agencies say California’s two largest water projects (that serve much of the Bay Area) faced supply cutbacks last year due to Delta smelt. The problem with Mr. McManus’ assertion is that it is based on a statement made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on December 1 – a statement that is no longer true today.


Here is a grain of information about what actually happened. The most severe restrictions are often triggered when water is abundant. When storms came through in mid-December, water agencies worked closely with fish and wildlife agencies to comply with endangered species regulations while trying to capture some water for people, businesses and farms. Despite these efforts, we still lost nearly 200,000 acre-feet of water. To put that in perspective, San Francisco uses roughly 80,000 acre-feet of water annually. Although water agencies voluntarily reduced exports to prevent more severe cutbacks, these losses were directly related to the regulations in place for Delta smelt. The claim that the state’s public water agencies did not lose water supplies due to Delta smelt protective regulations simply isn’t true.
View the doozy here.

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