What We're Fighting!
While farmers might not have the resources to fight the state, the federal government certainly does. And, it's a good thing.
May 21, 2020
Our Central Valley has been fighting the State of California for a long time. There was a time when farmers couldn't imagine that they'd have to fight for water, but the sad reality of it is here for sure. Farmers were never built to put up the legal resources necessary to win these battles while environmental groups used the emotion of environmentalism to raise money, hire attorneys and elect pro-policy legislators to enact their agenda.
That's why farmers were so enthusiastic to hear candidate Donald Trump say he would fight for water. While farmers might not have the resources to fight the state, the federal government certainly does. And, it's a good thing.
The latest battle is the fight over the Biological Opinions relating to the Endangered Species Act that would allow more pumping out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Central Valley farms and people in Southern California. To be honest, it's not a lot of water, maybe a couple of hundred thousand acre feet more, hardly worth an epic battle. Right now close to 90% of the water that flows into the delta flows right through it and out to sea. If we win this battle, maybe it would mean a percent or so difference. Not a lot, but, a win is a win. That's not something environmentalists can tolerate. They don't lose, ever. That's why they fight hard for every .
The article below has an interesting paragraph explaining how much the lawsuit will cost the State of California. We don't see it broken down like this very often, but they say the "figure is derived from the cost of two Deputy Attorney Generals – billing 3,445 hours at a billable rate of $220 per hour each – and two California Department of Justice paralegals billing at 680 hours at a rate of $205 per hour each." The figure they're talking about is $1,030,000...chump change for them, but it goes to show how hard they'll fight in a financial situation where Governor Newsom predicts a budget shortfall of $54-billion.
Even in an economic disaster that looks like the Great Depression, there's always an extra million or so to fight the farmers. That's just the way it is.
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