Will Calif Let Trump Succeed?
Remember, the revolution that took the rest of the country by storm stopped at the California border.
Dec 01, 2016
A lot of Trump supporters are hoping his victory, along with Republican majorities in the House and Senate, will mean a quick fix for our California water system. They remember what he said when he held a rally in Fresno: “We’re gonna solve your water problem. We’re gonna get it done and we’re gonna get it done quick. That one’s an easy one. Don’t even think about it. You have a water problem that is so insane. And it’s so ridiculous, where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea.” We would all like to agree with that, but only a non-Californian could think it would be easy. Remember, the revolution that took the rest of the country by storm stopped at the California border.
Even though some of California's water problems originate on the federal level, things like the Endangered Species Act and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement, California has a lot of say about any changes that might be proposed by the Trump administration or Congress.
In the article below, Jay Lund, who heads the the Center for Watershed Science at UC Davis, and a longtime water war veteran says, "it will be uphill for [Trump] to make big changes here. There’s a lot of state law, state regulations that would have to be overcome. I think pretty much anything that anyone wants to do is gonna get thoroughly vetted.” He and others say an executive order to turn on the pumps would be illegal.
You can bet on long and tough battles in Sacramento and in court for any major changes.
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