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California farmers won´t get federal water
Associated Press, by Scott Smith

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/21/2014 1:52:48 PM

FRESNO, Calif.- Federal officials say many farmers caught in California´s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point there´s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers. Last year, Central Valley farmers received 20 percent of their normal allowance, and that figure is now set at zero percent. This marks the third dry year for the state, and Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/21/2014 1:58:42 PM     (No. 9741413)

Better get some priorities straight or we´ll soon have food riots in the cities---or maybe that´s what the Won wants.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: birddog, 2/21/2014 2:00:42 PM     (No. 9741417)

Mountains of snow piled up all across the country, a million empty grain train cars sitting on sidings until next years harvests, hundreds of thousands of coal cars idled because of closed mines and powerplants...eventually someone will get an Idea. The question is...Will it be a Govt. Hack? Or a private entrepreneur.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 2/21/2014 2:08:23 PM     (No. 9741425)

Of course, if some farmer found an artesian well, or dug a well and found water, the EPA would declare it a wetland and come in and seize it for the "common good."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/21/2014 2:23:02 PM     (No. 9741439)

This looks more and more like a high crime against the people of this country , primarily the farmers, and in sequence against the people who depend on the farmer for jobs, then against the customers depending on the Central Valley produce from that wonderful rich soil. All it takes is water. Turn on the spigot someone.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lavalette, 2/21/2014 2:37:22 PM     (No. 9741461)

The article says how much the farmers get, zero. It says other allocations such as the delta smelt will also be cut back, but not by how much. Are the fish getting 90%, 50%, or zero of their allocation?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Penney, 2/21/2014 2:39:50 PM     (No. 9741468)

This is where the dems´ disastrous environmental policy insanity, ´rubber hits the road,´ for all the world to see.
Pres. Reagan said, ´´Do not be afraid to see what you see.´

This horrific statist/dem policy does nothing but harm, proving that the environmentalist wackos do not, ´´tend the garden,´´ well. They destroy it and people´s lives as well.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lylacat, 2/21/2014 2:56:59 PM     (No. 9741502)

But 0bama´s rich pal with the private golf course where 0bama played golf last week can get all the water he wants. Ya got to keep those golf greens green.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/21/2014 3:08:02 PM     (No. 9741514)

We don´t need California vegetables; Moochelle´s magic garden can grow enough overnight to feed the world.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/21/2014 3:15:01 PM     (No. 9741519)

Its heartbreaking to drive the I-5 through the Central Valley remembering what it once looked like (even in drought years) and the dust bowl it is today. All brought to you by the Democrat Party and their feckless enablers in the GOP.

All done on purpose for their personal power, purse, and pride.

Is it time yet for citizens to rally at the pump houses?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lynnern, 2/21/2014 3:17:48 PM     (No. 9741521)

But, but - the president just visited the area and he "cares" - that was right before he headed for two days of golf on a water guzzling course in Palm Springs.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/21/2014 3:30:09 PM     (No. 9741533)

Those 2 words, "Federal water" creep me out.
Before there even WAS a Federal Gov´t, there were the States.
The States granted power to the Feds through the Constitution. The Feds have greatly abused their power and now the States must rein them in.
A convention of the States is the way to go.
Every State Legislature MUST convene delegates and air their grievances and agree on action.
Keep Congress out of it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: noparallel, 2/21/2014 3:33:37 PM     (No. 9741537)

If you can plant a garden and you don´t...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bohallx, 2/21/2014 3:47:20 PM     (No. 9741551)

The part of Spanish water laws missing in California have to do with private associations of Irrigators (those who find and distribute water) and private associations of Users (those who contract to get water from the Irrigators)

What we have is a federal government involvement, state government involvement, and municipal government involvement ~ plus there are private individuals with sufficient resources to outcompete all those governmental authorities for the same water.

California and other arid states might be well served to reconsider allowing government to get involved in water rights.

Spain is as dry, and their solutions have served them well for a couple of thousand years.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: danvillebill, 2/21/2014 3:47:51 PM     (No. 9741553)

"A delta smelt in every pot."

...J. Brown

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/21/2014 4:42:30 PM     (No. 9741597)

I only saw smiling, thrilled farmer faces surrounding dear leader on his photop tour. Where were the protesters? Until the hurt and unemployed groups start marching in huge groups, the media will continue to be uninterested.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 2/21/2014 4:43:45 PM     (No. 9741599)

Just exactly what is "federal water?" Is there "federal air," too?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/21/2014 5:03:11 PM     (No. 9741609)

"if it´s not there, it´s not there...."

So expect higher food prices.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/21/2014 5:09:17 PM     (No. 9741613)

I have never before heard of "federal water". And I am a native Californian.

As for "If you can plant a garden and you don´t... ", it is tough to water a vegetable garden under many of the current metropolitan water restrictions.

The entire country will suffer if California´s farms are seriously affected by the drought. And there is water there. It is being used for public lands and for golf courses, private and public.

Something is very fishy here and it isn´t just the delta smelt.

(As for smiling farmer faces when Obie visited, I saw photos of him with exactly one (Hispanic) farmer and his wife.)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/21/2014 5:13:02 PM     (No. 9741615)

Here on Seattle local TV, there were WHITE farmers chatting and smiling with Obama, referred to as farm owners. Protesters en masse were needed.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/21/2014 5:14:25 PM     (No. 9741618)

Education time.



Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like?

Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is 60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products in particular, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.

Price surges would eventually become the larger issue.


Read on:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/2013/07/california_grows_all_of_our_fruits_and_vegetables_what_would_we_eat_without.html

I am just not that much into grains.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/21/2014 5:18:44 PM     (No. 9741623)

But some of the ruined farmers will get to see the trains to nowhere flashing by. What more could they wish for?

Ooh! Shiny trains! Maybe. In a decade.

Let them eat cake.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: Penney, 2/21/2014 5:19:31 PM     (No. 9741624)

Arizona Legislators apparently planned ahead for dry spells such as this, and so that state has water reserves to use when they need them. ...Irresponsible, shortsighted California pols didn´t & apparently couldn´t care less, as their response now is to do nothing to help.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: zoidberg, 2/21/2014 5:28:56 PM     (No. 9741633)

Famines are almost always caused by governments.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: QRP, 2/21/2014 5:38:37 PM     (No. 9741640)

One would be hard pressed to say that California is not getting the kind of government it deserves.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 2/21/2014 5:39:11 PM     (No. 9741641)

Central Kalifornia is a dry arid high desert. It was originally supplied water from Northern Kalifornia and its farms blossomed.

But now with no Kalifornia water, and no Federal Water, it will be as it was...a dry arid high desert.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/21/2014 5:42:48 PM     (No. 9741642)

along many western watersheds the amount of allocated water often times exceeds the total average flow

whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Bigfoot, 2/21/2014 9:14:15 PM     (No. 9741784)

Water needs to be given first to the production of food and for all domestic and business needs. Water to a non native species is of course unnecessary and further the fish would just swim up river to avoid any extra salinity. No water at all should be released purely for these fish and some thought might be made to their eradication if they in any way compete with native fish. The river flows should be reduced to normal flows predating all reservoirs when the rivers always went to their natural minimal flows. California is without rain for the most part from May through September and releasing water to the bay and ocean from reservoirs during this time is actually counter to the natural state of flows.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/22/2014 2:23:20 PM     (No. 9742511)

A little research showed that municipal and industrial are receiving 50% of their historical use down from 70% last year. Ag south of the delta is getting 0% of their 1.965 million acre ft contract down from 20% last year. Wildlife refuges get 40% of their 0.875 acre ft contract.

Last tidbits from my research in that there is 13 million acre ft in storage reservoirs and that on his last day in office Jimmy Carter added the North Coast rivers and the lower American to the National Wild and Scenic River system thus blocking 26 million acre ft per year from development.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/22/2014 3:10:59 PM     (No. 9742548)

Perhaps this isn´t actually a drought, but is part of the normal climate patterns of California. There´s a good reason why the state was sparsely populated well into the 20th century. Despite the nice scenery, there was not enough to drink!

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his


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