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Newsom v JFK!

Today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and a good time to remember when he came to the Valley in 1962 to dedicate the San Luis Reservoir.

Nov 22, 2019

The Sacramento Bee story below says "Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration said Thursday it will sue the Trump administration over its efforts to push more water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta."  But, really, Gov. Newsom is not suing the Trump Administration, he's suing farmers in our Central Valley.  They are the ones who, in the end, will not get the water.  

Today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and a good time to remember when he came to the Valley in 1962 to dedicate the San Luis Reservoir.  He was joined by Representative B. F. Sisk, a Democrat, and Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, a Democrat, working together to build a water project.  JFK emphasized "this project also symbolizes the state government working with the federal goverment, the local community working with the state."  

More importantly, he went on to say, “nothing could be more disastrous for this country than for the citizens of one part of the state to feel that everything they have is theirs and it should not be shared with other citizens of this state, or people from the East to say: ‘there is no benefits to us in spending our money to make this valley green’.”

Things have changed.  Since then The Central Valley Project Improvement Act(CVPIA) took 1.4 million acre feet of water out of the Valley. The Endangered Species Act listing of the Chinook Salmon took another 250,000 to 800,000 acre feet. Then came the ESA listing of the Delta Smelt. And the CalFed Bay/Delta program took another 1.1 million acre feet. These actions plus others have stripped the Valley of over 5 million acre feet of water.  On top of that remember farmers get only a portion through the allocation process, sometimes getting zero%.

A lot of that water goes right through the Delta and out to sea.  No one is advocating that all of the water should go to people and farms, just some of it.  When the Trump administration came out with their new biological opinions that would allow more water to be pumped based on the new science s, it was immediately rejected by California legislators.  However, the Governor said he wanted to work with water districts on voluntary agreements to solve the problem.  That process is happening now.

This lawsuit will not help, but it shows that environmental groups and the California water bureaucracy are still in charge, and the governor is listening to them.  They will try to put a hold on pumping more water while the lawsuit drags on which would be a win for them.  Delay is their friend.  It is not a friend to farmers.  Wonder what JFK would think.

Newsom says California will sue Trump over Delta water, endangered fish

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