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Drought Bill: Take 3

In the Senate's latest incarnation of a drought bill, they don't guarantee the Central Valley anything.

May 16, 2016

The Senate Drought Bill, now in its third year without results, is continuing the slow process that might finally yield results by the time the drought is over.  It would appear that the very real problem in putting something together is that there are environmental Democrats who resist any attempt to guarantee farmers in the Central Valley any more water than they are currently getting.  When it gets right down to it they would like to give us even less.  

In the Senate's latest incarnation of a drought bill, they don't guarantee the Central Valley anything.  As the article below says, "It eases limits on water transfers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but does not mandate specific pumping levels."  Sounds pretty harmless.  But, even this vague language is too much for the environmental Democrats.  As former NRDC attorney and current Congressman Jarred Huffman says, "we appreciate that Sen. Feinstein has reached out and taken some new ideas that she’s rolled into that bill . . . but it still contains this very problematic Delta operations piece.”

They just don't want to budge on the issue of Delta water.  As we've said before, when environmentalists fight for something and win they will never agree to give anything back.  They want more.  They never retreat.  They have fought to take water from us and there is only one direction for them, their direction.  And if they can't win, they can stall.  Stalling works for them, but it sure doesn't work for farmers.  Remember, some farmers have received increased allocations this year, but on the west side of the Central Valley it's still 5%.


A question for the ages: Can Congress pass a California water bill?

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