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The Fresno Bee editorializes "state lawmakers need to summon the backbone to...stop this agricultural water grab."

Oct 02, 2016

It's disheartening for farmers to see the newspaper of record in the Central San Joaquin Valley berate them for pumping groundwater to grow their crops.  The Fresno Bee editorializes "state lawmakers need to summon the backbone to...stop this agricultural water grab."

We would prefer that the Bee editorialize about how unelected bureaucrats make policy allowing environmental water grabs like the pumping restrictions that keep ag water from flowing to he west side of the Valley; about how those same unelected bureaucrats decide that more water has to flow down North Valley rivers through the Delta and out to sea bypassing farmers along the way; and how they had already made the same decision about the San Joaquin River that impacts the east side of the Central Valley; and how the leaders of this state continually drag their feet when it comes to building more storage.  

So what we have is water policy that keeps water from being pumped out of the Delta to farmers in the Valley; policy that puts more water down rivers and through the Delta and out to sea for fish; policy that keeps kicking the can down the road when it comes to building more storage; and now that farmers are forced to use the only water they have left, the water beneath their feet, the Bee berates them for using it!!  

It would be nice to have the newspaper of record for this area defend farmers instead of joining the attack.


 

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