California is dumping a trillion gallons of fresh Water in the ocean and according to the Public Policy Institute of California, a San Francisco-based non-profit, farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley region, who account for half the state’s agricultural output, will need to severely limit their water use if the State’s groundwater resources are to be conserved.
Who would declare a water shortage disaster after spending years dumping good, fresh water into the ocean to protect a non-endangered bait fish?
For years the southern 1/3 of the beautiful San Joaquin Valley’s farmland has been turned into a “man-made” dust bowl.
The water is being allowed to just run off the mountains, through the river system, through the delta, and out into the ocean. The water is being reserved for the little Delta Smelt, a three inch bait fish, that isn’t even on the endangered species list.
California had a wet November, a moist December, an absolutely drenched January and February, and so far a fairly watery March. Los Angeles exceeded its average annual rainfall a month ago, less than halfway into the “water year” (which runs from October through the following September). The Sierra snowpack is at more than 150% of average. The state is soaked.
Still, California acts like it’s in the midst of a drought. As the Governor institutes water emergency rules, they just let all that water just keep pouring into the ocean. Unbelievable!
The I-5 San Joaquin Valley corridor is marked with signs begging Nancy Pelosi to turn the water on. Sean Hannity hosted a full show from Hanford, CA to highlight the problem. Phone calls and letters from all over the country have been sent to try to fix this situation.
Comedian Paul Rodriguez, co-chair of Latino Water Coalition, crosses the state working to remove the environmental protection on the Delta smelt.
Representative Devin Nunes, (CA) describes the situation in the WSJ back in 2009:
Today the San Joaquin Valley is being transformed into a dust bowl. Hundreds of thousands of acres are fallow, while almond and plum trees are being left to die in the scorching sun.
Tens of thousands of people have been tossed out of work—the town of Mendota alone has an unemployment rate of about 40%—and the lines for food donations stretch down streets. The reason? There isn’t enough water to go around this year, and the Obama administration is drawing up new reasons to divert more of it from farms and people and into the San Francisco Bay.
Devon Nunes also stated in an interview along side Paul Rodriguez, “There’s a half a million acres of farmland, it’s bigger than the size of Rhode Island, that’s now dry because of these fools!”
David Spady reports that, “California’s man-made water crisis led to $2.2 billion in losses, water rationing, rising food costs, and the destruction of small family businesses.”
The destruction is horrific. Businesses lost, property values lost, jobs lost, crop production lost, food cost increases, just to begin. The Climate Change, Save the Whale, Hug the Tree, Save the Baitfish crowd consistently uses a false narrative to to accomplish their political agenda. Now scientists are predicting a 35 year mega-drought in the West. When does the madness stop?
Environmental and endangered species laws are being used to force a political agenda, and in the process, doing severe damage to our country.
A shortage of construction workers coupled with higher prices for materials used in construction are driving up costs for San Diego County Water Authority’s infrastructure and maintenance projects, the agency is warning.
According to a recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment declined by 1,300 jobs in the San Diego region from January 2018 to January 2019.
“There are many large-scale construction projects underway in Southern California, while at the same time there is a shortage of skilled and unskilled labor, which means greater competition for those workers,” said Brent Fountain, a principal engineer with the Water Authority. “In addition, increasing prices for materials are impacting the costs for both maintenance and capital projects.
“We’ve received fewer bids at higher bid amounts from contractors for several projects in the past eight months,” Fountain continued. “The Water Authority generally had more bids and bid amounts closer to our project cost estimates, from 2014 through 2017.”
Fuel, metal and asphalt costs increased by double digits as labor costs also continued to rise between September 2017 and September 2018, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Diesel fuel, steel pipe and tube, asphalt paving mixtures and aluminum products were among the products that contributed to the larger year-over-year cost increases, according to the AGCA.