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Enviros Want More Water

The latest battles concern the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced and Rivers in the North Valley.

Jan 27, 2016

As we sit and watch tens of thousands of acre feet of water flow through the Delta and out to sea, environmentalists are trying to take even more water from people and farmers by keeping it in rivers that flow to the Delta where it will again go out to sea.  We remind you that environmental water use is 50% now.  Farmers do not use 80% as enviros would have you believe.  Farmers use 40%.    

The latest battles concern the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced and Rivers in the North Valley.  The state wants farmers to give up 25%, 15% and 20% more water respectively.  As the Modesto Bee says in the article below it's all for the "king salmon.  Of less concern is the welfare of other species - cows, chickens, farmers, etc."  

Farmers have given up water for over 20 years and the more they give up the worse it seems to gets for salmon.  Maybe there's something else going on.  The Bee considers the possibility that bass are devouring the juvenile salmon to the tune of about 98%.  The bass are apparently doing fine without taking water from farmers.  

Before the state can confiscate the water from the farmers for the fish it has to provide the economic and social impacts for the 1 million residents of the area.  According to the Bee the state's calculations didn't even "reach the threshold of absurd."

There is a lot more to the story and you can read all about it in the story below.  For our part, we hope that local officials like council people, supervisors, etc. will fight for their survival, something we haven't seen enough of in the Central Valley.  

Modeso Bee

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