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California takes first step
toward curtailing water rights

Reuters, by Sharon Bernstein

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/22/2014 8:41:18 AM

SACRAMENTO Calif. - Some farmers and community water districts in drought-hit California could soon face limits on their ability to use water from strained streams that flow into the Sacramento River. (Snip) The new regulations, adopted after two days of sometimes emotional testimony from farmers who feared the loss of their water rights, set standards for the minimum amount of water that must be flowing through three Sacramento River watersheds when fish are present. That, in turn, sets the stage for the state to forbid some users from taking water out of the affected streams and reservoirs when water levels

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The fish have more rights than tax-paying citizens.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: squid, 5/22/2014 9:11:24 AM     (No. 9857665)

Having grown up in Utah (a desert state that regulated water use from the beginning), what´s the big deal? Water becomes a shared community asset otherwise the community collapses.

My question: why hasn´t California established a water reclamation system on the order of the "Utah Central Water Project" with a large series of reservoirs and storage facilities.

The population size alone should have demanded that course of action. Why the delays and now finally these first painful steps of "curtailing water rights?"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 5/22/2014 10:13:56 AM     (No. 9857805)

Hate to see all those exclusive golf courses shutting down, since they supply so many jobs to the economy!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ocjim, 5/22/2014 10:48:07 AM     (No. 9857873)

The drought is a fascist opportunity for the Dems controlling Cali and we know that they hate to pass up any crisis opportunity. Hang on to your rights.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nevernaught, 5/22/2014 11:16:07 AM     (No. 9857913)

All this because the Feds shut down the use of the Sacramento Delta water to save a so called endangered species... the Smelt. Need I say more.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: blackeagle, 5/22/2014 11:25:38 AM     (No. 9857938)

Israel is a desert. Israel uses drip irrigation. Very little water is wasted (allowed to evaporate into the air).

California is a desert. California uses surface irrigation at least 75% of the time. Overall, 2/3 of the water is lost to evaporation to the atmosphere.

http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/21414e.pdf

California also requires 100s of thousands of illegal immigrants for its Ag business model to work -rather than mechanize - which would instead provide jobs to those Americans who manufacture and maintain farm equipment. But this is the same goofy state that builds bullet trains to Fresno (to rapidly redeploy Mexicans?).

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