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Divide & Conquer

Just because they haven't come for your water yet doesn't mean they don't have you in their sights.

Sep 20, 2016

The environmental attack on water in California's Central Valley has had one success after another.  They have succeeded in restricting pumping in the Delta reducing water for farmers on the Valley's west side as well as metropolitan areas of Southern California.  

They have succeeded in adding environmental flows to the San Joaquin River through the SJ River Restoration Settlement.  

Farmers didn't unite to fight either one of these environmental efforts.  Farmers from other parts of the state seemed to be happy that it wasn't them getting gored.  But, the enviros never stop.  Just because they haven't come for your water yet doesn't mean they don't have you in their sights.  

The most recent attack on rivers happened in the Northern Valley and impacts the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers.  The Modesto Bee is editorializing against the State Water Board decision (Hammer falling on everyone who relies on our rivers).  That helps a little, but it is cancelled out by the Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board in their editorial (It's the age of limits for California's water wars).  

While the Modesto Bee writes, "the state water board has released a wrongheaded, lackadaisical, shortsighted plan to take vast portions of the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers and send the water flowing freely out to the Delta", the Sacramento Bee makes the counterpoint, "the board should stick to its guns and not waver as it has on past calls for conservation."

We remind our readers that the Fresno Bee supported the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement for several years before they came to their senses and editorialized against it in 2014 (A second look at restoration).

Last week the Chico Enterprise-Record wrote that "people in Northern California are watching carefully because the Sacramento Valley is next"(State's call for more water for fish turns to northern rivers next).  And, by the way, they'll be going for the Kings River at the same time.

We suppose the Sacramento Bee won't come to their senses until their water is gone.


State’s call for more water for fish turns to northern rivers next

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