Will Even 5% Happen?
There is no outcry even from people in the San Joaquin Valley. It's like no one cares.
Jul 19, 2016
When the California Natural Resources Agency announced their "Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy" last week, we had to wonder how it would impact the 5% allocation promised to the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. In case you hadn't heard, the 'strategy' calls for "allowing between 85,000 and 200,000 acre feet of extra water to wash out to sea this summer to bolster smelt habitat." That's a lot of water, water that could have been pumped to the San Luis Reservoir and to farmers. But instead it flows to the sea. We want to emphasize this is 'extra' water.
Apparently 'extra' water is no longer for farmers, even farmers with only 5% of their allocation. This is bad not only for the obvious reasons, but also for the message that's being sent to farmers. Can you guess what the message is? We can. We hear it loud and clear. It says that they no longer give a hoot what farmers think. There is no outcry even from people in the San Joaquin Valley. It's like no one cares.
Why would this be? We think it's because the enviro community has done such a good P.R. job demonizing 'big corporate' ag and their almonds that rob California of its groundwater and send their products to China. This is the message they've pounded into the minds of Californians for the past few years. Politicians no longer fear any farm backlash. This is the policy that results when California politicians, now a one-party state, with cover delivered by expert environmental P.R. can do what they want.
Still to come is the possibility that the Exchange Contractors will not get their promised water and will have to make the call on Friant water to make up the difference.
Farmers, you are on notice from the State of California! In case you haven't heard the message before, here it is: you no longer matter. They have no fear of anything you will do or say!!!
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