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So the same people who won't allow us to get 20% have somehow been able to convince everyone that farms use 80% of the water.
Nov 16, 2017
The authors of the article below suggest a new way to account for environmental water. We certainly agree that there needs to be accountability for environmental use. Continuing to use water for the environment without measurable results hasn't been a successful model for the last 25 years. But, that's not what these authors are proposing.
They write, "we propose separating out two portions of environmental water that are currently lumped together: “ecosystem water” used exclusively to support fish and wildlife, and “system water” primarily managed to meet the needs of agricultural and urban water users, such as preventing high salinity levels."
At last look 49-million acre feet of water flowed through the Delta and out to sea while only 6-million acre feet were pumped South to the farms of Central California and the people of Los Angeles. They're not proposing that more should be pumped for people and farms, but that we re-classify the 49-million are feet into two categories.
Here's what we know. Over 85% of the water that flows into the Delta goes right on through to the ocean. Less than 15% is pumped out for farms and people of SoCal. If they would just pump 20% it would solve all our problems, but can't apparently be done. So the same people who won't allow us to get 20% have somehow been able to convince everyone that farms use 80% of the water. They just must have better P.R. people.
You can call it what you want, all we know is that farms and people won't get any more water no matter what they call it.
A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water: Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta
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