Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

posted at 2:30 pm on February 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve called the judicially-imposed drought in California’s Central Valley “the Dust Bowl Congress created” through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that’s not suitable for eating.  Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish.  Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act:

Nunes’ Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wednesday and if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched Central Valley. It will put an end to the sorry stream of shriveled vineyards, blackened almond groves and unemployed farm workers standing in alms lines for bagged carrots from China.

The insanity of the current policies against some of America’s most productive farmers in one of the world’s richest farm belts is largely the work leftist politicians from the wealthy enclaves of the San Francisco Bay Area. This group has exerted its political muscle on the less politically powerful region that produces more than half the fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. — with $26 billion in annual sales.

“The bill restores the flow of water and establishes a framework for meaningful environmental improvements. It is a repudiation of the left’s assault on rural communities, which began with the decimation of the West’s timber industry and now is focused on Central Valley agriculture,” Nunes told IBD.

The stand-alone bill, H.R. 1837, marks the first time Central Valley water shortages and the federal role in creating them will be considered directly in Congress.

That in itself is a damning indictment of the federal government, whose laws have created the disaster in California.  This first came to light more than two years ago, when Sean Hannity featured it on his national television show.  The delay in addressing it makes the financial situation worse with each passing day for farmers in the Valley, and for workers who now have to subsist on government handouts rather than earnings from productive jobs.

If Barack Obama has his way, though, that situation will continue indefinitely.  Late yesterday, the White House announced that Obama would veto Nunes’ bill because — I am not making this up — it would “unravel decades of work” on California water regulations … decades of work that brought California’s Central Valley to its current destruction:

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act because the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.

H.R. 1837 would undermine five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan.  It would codify 20-year old, outdated science as the basis for managing California’s water resources, resulting in inequitable treatment of one group of water users over another.  And, contrary to 100 years of reclamation law that exhibits congressional deference to State water law, the bill would preempt California water law.

The bill also would reject the long-standing principle that beneficiaries should pay both the cost of developing water supplies and of mitigating any resulting development impacts, and would exacerbate current water shortages by repealing water pricing reforms that provide incentives for contractors to conserve water supplies.

Finally, H.R. 1837 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation.  Repeal of the settlement agreement would likely result in the resumption of costly litigation, creating an uncertain future for river restoration and water delivery operations for all water users on the San Joaquin River.

The Administration strongly supports efforts to provide a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the overall quality of the Bay-Delta environment.  The Administration has taken great strides toward achieving these co-equal goals through a coordinated Federal Action Plan, which has strengthened collaboration between Federal agencies and the State of California while achieving solid results.  Unfortunately, H.R. 1837 would undermine these efforts and the progress that has been made.  For this reason, were the Congress to pass H.R. 1837, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Well, let’s take a look at California’s Central Valley and see what “five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan” has produced:

As for Obama’s stirring defense of federalism, the courts have already ruled that federal law — the Endangered Species Act — trumps California water law.  That’s the reason why a federal judge turned off the water spigots more than two years ago, and why California can’t get them turned back on.  If Obama was really concerned about federalism, he’d propose a repeal of the Endangered Species Act, which would also resolve this disaster.  Instead, Obama threatens to veto any attempt by Congress to fix what federal law has already broken.

Hopefully, Nunes’ bill gets clear sailing through Congress and Obama gets his bluff called.  If he wants to run as the Dust Bowl President in November, I say let him do it.

Update: I forgot the link to Investors Business Daily — my apologies!


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Last Conservative bastion in the state…of course Obama would rather they all be liberals.

Remove them the only way Obama knows how. Use the power of the White House to pick and choose winners and losers.

And anybody expected something else from this Obama character?

coldwarrior on February 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Authoritarian for thee but not for me.

Speakup on February 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

But if there is a illegal alien camp in the wasteland, they will truck in Perrier – in the interest on humanitarian needs.

Fuquay Steve on February 29, 2012 at 3:18 PM

One berserk position after another and no one pays it mind, save a few watchers. And when these few watchers noise it up, there are no listeners. And by this, it all goes more and more and more corrupt.

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unObama/Biden 2012

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unrealizedviewpoint on February 29, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Mr. Arkadin on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Brilliant.

itsspideyman on February 29, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Well, it’s not like he ever has to worry about losing California this year. So screw’em.

Tomolena1 on February 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Congress should put that bill in front of him and let him veto it if that’s what he’s going to do. For the life of me, I don’t understand why even the Democrats among them are willing to live with a 9% Congressional approval rating just to upholster over Obama’s mistakes.

Murf76 on February 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

It’s the cities. Here in CA farm & ranch country, most people are conservative. Lots of people retire here from the cities, and they tend to be libs. CA is just swamped in people who think ideology trumps reality.

jodetoad on February 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

We have a timeshare in the Sierra’s and we have to drive throught the Valley of the Death. It’s so depressing and sprit just drops when you travel through the area.

The evil of the court ruling has no justification.

Oil Can on February 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

solid results.

$hit’s solid.

notropis on February 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Declare the entire state a prehistoric wild life preserve. Cut off all energy, gas, oil, coal and nuclear and let the Brownie scouts return to nature.

Annar on February 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

If Barack Obama has his way, though, that situation will continue indefinitely. Late yesterday, the White House announced that Obama would veto Nunes’ bill because — I am not making this up — it would “unravel decades of work” on California water regulations … decades of work that brought California’s Central Valley to its current destruction

But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to … bring an Empire to its knees.

Barack Hussein Obama

ITguy on February 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Delta smelt eaten with a nice bottle of chianti can’t be beaten. Some folks of my acquaintance are known to eat them by the bushel and to share them with their endangered spotted owls that they keep in a caged pen.

kenny on February 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Read the comments on any story in the SFGate and you can see how the people think.They deserve all that happens to them.

docflash on February 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/255320/two-californias-victor-davis-hanson

itsspideyman on February 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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Great piece, thanks for the link…how unearth will any of this ever be dialed back, or made right?

ellifint on February 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Red communist van Jones was unable to define what green jobs were.

On his way out the door, they started naming agriculture jobs as green jobs. To make the numbers look better,

Of course ag jobs existed before America was discovered.

These are GREEN jobs and we need to let the record reflect Obama’s agenda fights green jobs.

seven on February 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Well this explains why Trader Joe’s would rather sell vegetables from Mexico than our own Central Valley.

Their tomatoes are imported from as far away as Israel and …believe it or not …Holland

I’m actually wondering if this isn’t somehow tied into Mexican agriculture.

What’s that? …you mean you prefer your tomatoes not be grown in feces irrigated water?

Too bad.

The Ugly American on February 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

If this threatened the Arugula market I’d bet Obama would sign this bill faster than you can say goat cheese salad.

The Ugly American on February 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

This is a heart-breaking story. How farming is destroyed. I am tempted to say California deserves this. They have enough representation in congress to bully any POTUS or congress. They can’t do that because their own public servants are screwing them.

antisocial on February 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

If the liberals are so opposed to using water, all in the name of saving a bait fish, why not shut off all the water in San Francisco instead? (Yes, I already know the answer.)

dominigan on February 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I might get slammed for this, but bho has major major health issues in his brain? No thinking human would be doing what he is doing to our Republic! If mo/jarrett are behind this, they need to be in a ‘home’ along with bho, IMO! This gosh horrible man and everyone around him needs to so far out of our nation, ‘to the moon’ with them!
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letget on February 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Do you think Tea Partiers could assemble on the capital steps every time the House passes a bill until the Senate takes it up? Harry Reid and Obama do whatever they like, and then republicans get blamed for the inaction. I think we need to go support the 30 bills the House has passed already, and this one.

Fleuries on February 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

So the product of 20 years of bureaucratic rule making is so precious that seeing a verdant landscape teeming with wildlife turned into a barren wasteland is preferable to eliminating the slightest jot or tittle of regulation.

Tells you everything you need to know about environmentalism and the morons who promote it.

Lily on February 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Would Nunes’ federal bill actually result in the water being turned back on for the Central Valley farmers?

According to California Department of Fish and Game’s website,

“[T]he species [Delta smelt] was designated as endangered in 2010 under the California ESA [Endangered Species Act].”

See,
http://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/endangered-delta-smelt-population-improves-2/

Ira on February 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I still haven’t figured out how these yabows manage to keep their heads from spinning off of their bodies….

TeresainFortWorth on February 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

When someone hits them with facts or an idea that rattles their brains and makes them question the Leftist Way, they yell something like ‘RACIST!’ or ‘SEXIST!’ or ‘HOMOPHOBE!’ and the stick their fingers in their ears and go ‘la la la la la la la la la….’

J.H. on February 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Not only do I live in the Central Valley, Devin Nunes is MY Congressman. The Central Valley is heavily Conservative, except for the cities with Universities in them (Fresno, Merced,…)We are an isle of Conservatism in an ocean of liberalism. We see and hear the hypocrisy from the libs here in the area all the time. They’d prefer that we import produce, instead of growing our own…and that’s what’s going on right now! More and more produce is being imported from Mexico and South America,…even here in Tulare,CA!

Reading many of the posts here, it is apparent that you’re all not getting the big picture. The Central Valley are the Spartans, fighting the good fight against the evil libs! The libs have been effectively choking the life out of the conservatives here. THAT’S the real purpose for shutting off the pumps. This isn’t about a stupid fish, it’s about making every county and district in CA BLUE!

Snitchmo on February 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Oh and one other thing. Our reservoirs are at 30% capacity due to a dry year, minimal snow pack. This summer should be real nice.
To add injury to irony congressman Jim Costa(Dik) said his repub opponent in 2010 was against water for the central valley while he-Costa, was doing nothing to help the situation. Close election, recount, and shazaam he won.

arnold ziffel on February 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Destroying America, one veto at a time.
Destroying America, one Executive Order at a time.
Destroying America, one National Healthcare System at a time.
Destroying America, one battleship at a time.
Destroying America, one czar at a time.
Destroying America, one broken promise at a time.

Is there any question anymore? It’s deliberate.

fogw on February 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Reading many of the posts here, it is apparent that you’re all not getting the big picture. The Central Valley are the Spartans, fighting the good fight against the evil libs! The libs have been effectively choking the life out of the conservatives here. THAT’S the real purpose for shutting off the pumps. This isn’t about a stupid fish, it’s about making every county and district in CA BLUE!

Snitchmo on February 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

One of the few areas in CA that is generally rational. Our leaders are working on compliance techniques to change that.

arnold ziffel on February 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

First camels. Then sharia.

Ronnie on February 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

THe sign in the pic is unfair. It should read “Democrat Created Dust Bowl.”

Golden Boy on February 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

As long as conservatives insist that things can be fixed by passing laws and fighting to repeal to insane laws, we will continue losing. The corrosive quality of liberalism is that it sounds so good and nice and caring. But if we quit trying to fight our side with laws and start actually making a difference in our communities, we’ll buy a lot of hearts that are sick of the results of liberalism and the shame that goes with it. In other words, stop trying to make the government conservative and start doing conservative things through the party.

It’s how the Communists won in Vietnam. The Japanese tried to pacify the country and failed. The French tried and failed. The Americans bombed the place to pieces and failed. Meanwhile, everyone was starving. The Communists brought rice.

JoseQuinones on February 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

This is truly tragic. On my way out of California, where I was born and had lived for 60 years, we drove through the central valley on our way to I 10. I had made the trip from the Bay Area to LA dozens of times and had always marvelled at the trees and green fields of the central valley. On our exit trip in late spring I was shocked to see the brown fields and sparse orchards.

This very issue is the face of liberalism in this country. Their policies will make this a country of brown fields and sparse orchards. The California central valley is just a start. This is why I truly believe that liberals are not just misinformed, but they are evil to the core. Anybody who could support policies that would scorch the earth of America, and could see that scorched earth, are nothing less than evil. Liberalism is a disease, and we conservatives must cure it.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The Ugly American on February 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM
We’ve gotten to the point where if it isn’t grown in the USA, it is not coming home with us. Can’t do much about some things, but this we can do.

indyvet on February 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

No he won’t veto it. He wouldn’t give Cali a wedge issue to even squabble over during an election year. He can’t lose CA – but the negative of a veto moves across statelines.
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Those clowns are already walking back the XL Pipeline stupicity.
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He’ll sign a limited modified version.

FlaMurph on February 29, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

Why not? He’s got to appease the environmentalists and knows that the California dingbats and moonbeams will vote for him no matter what he does. If, by some miracle, the California vote ever looked close, he could give Orange County to Mexico as a ‘Cinco de Mayo’ present,

MaiDee on February 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the manliberal-made economic and agricultural disaster

Fixed it. Progress indeed…

kirkill on February 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM

+1

kirkill on February 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Noticeably absent in this discussion is the fact that this Court ruling is blatantly unconstitutional, as it violates the General Welfare Clause. The Federal Government cannot legally shut the pumps off on American land, since their actions directly impact Americans in a negative way.

There is no part of the Constitution that refers to animals taking precedence over the needs of Americans.

BackwardsBoy on February 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

If I didn’t know the guy was Cloward-Piven Marxist, I’d have to say he was merely insane.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Jobs

Wade on February 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Good piece, Ed. The modern left insists on prioritizing a fanciful, boutique view of “nature” over the interests of people, and this is one of the best-known examples, literally driving farms out of business during a deep, extended economic downturn.

The Obama administration talks about forging consensus, solutions, and settlement, but what it doesn’t say is that one of the key interests in the mix is the political interest of advocacy groups in ensuring that the Sierra snowpack does something it doesn’t do naturally, to the level activists want to impose: run off into the Pacific Ocean.

Left entirely unmanipulated by humans, the Sierra snowpack does exactly what the water projects from the 1920s to the 1960s sought to enhance: it irrigates the Central Valley. It doesn’t naturally run off into the ocean to the extent demanded by activists — nor did it ever maintain a changeless, homeostatic ecosystem.

The activists of today want to rechannel the Sierra snowpack away from agriculture and city use, and into a weird “restoration” of what they imagine to have been a pristine condition 100 years ago. Their objective is every bit as artificial as that of anyone else. The difference is that it prioritizes theoretical ideas about the interests of the inanimate and non-human over the interests of people.

J.E. Dyer on February 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The drought in the Central Valley is caused by a lack of rainfall:

Fresno: Month to date 0.48 inches (normal 1.96 inches); season to date 3.43 inches (normal 7.81 inches)

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

This is nonsense from someone who hasn’t got a clue about how the Central Valley was transformed from a desert by government funded water projects into the Breadbasket for the World. There are hundreds of miles of canals that transport water throughout the Central Valley (and state for that matter). Much of California is a desert environment that depends on water projects to allow farming and residential use. For some enlightenment, read the book “Cadillac Desert”.

One used to drive through the central valley and see the irrigation sprayers going everywhere – not unlike what you see in Kansas and Nebraska and Iowa. You don’t see that anymore – you just see tumbleweeds and dead trees for the entire 6 hour drive through the valley.

As for the inane comment from the White House [hold on - I'll be more specific!]:

The bill also would reject the long-standing principle that beneficiaries should pay both the cost of developing water supplies and of mitigating any resulting development impacts, and would exacerbate current water shortages by repealing water pricing reforms that provide incentives for contractors to conserve water supplies.

Those idiots somehow miss the fact that urban/suburban water consumers pay MUCH more for water than do farmers:

“…urban and industrial users are charged three times as much as agricultural users, urban customers pay more than half the costs while using less than 20% of the water.”

“California’s water supply and allocation systems are under increasing pressure from a variety of spheres. The state’s population is growing rapidly, and with it the demand for water. Further, the electorate’s heightened environmental sensitivity is creating new demands to increase the amount of water remaining in streams and rivers.

For the first 70 years of water development in California, conflicts over water were dealt with largely by expanding supply through storage projects and transferring water from region to region via pipes, canals and aqueducts. With the high and increasing cost of building new dams and reservoirs, the environmental damage they inflict, and the government’s newfound mandate to balance its budget, the construction of new facilities alone is unlikely to solve current problems.

The state’s water-distribution and pricing systems remain highly complicated and variable. More than 2,800 local agencies provide water service to 35 million people and 8.7 million irrigated acres of farmland (USDA 1999), while roughly 75% to 80% of the state’s water goes to agriculture. All users must vie for the limited resources available in the state, with diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin and Colorado systems being the most important. Consequently, water prices vary widely by jurisdiction; even within agriculture prices range from less than $10 per acre-foot to well over $100 at the retail level. If California doesn’t restructure its water-management system in the coming decades, our notorious “water wars” will extend well into the 21st century.”

Source University of California Agriculture Department

Then there are the government programs that decided that since water for farming was abundant and cheap, we should diversify the crops grown in California to include these highly water intensive crops: Rice (grown in CA and sold in Asia!!!) and Cotton! Dumb!

in_awe on February 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Snitchmo on February 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Tulare has that big farm fare very year. It’s international. I was there in April.

Oil Can on February 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Why would Harry Reid even allow a vote on this bill? Rep. Nunes is a Republican. The bill can pass the House but will die in the Senate. Neither Boxer nor Feinstein cares about the Central Valley.

matthew8787 on February 29, 2012 at 4:19 PM

If one were into conspiracies one could argue that the current scheme is to destroy the existing business environment and make the central valley economically dependent on the high-speed rail project they’re trying to push through…

JEM on February 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

This is a little dated (2005) but it gives a sense of the “fairness” issue the WH loves to tout. Water costs in CA have been soaring in the past 5 years.

It is surprising to learn what people pay for water in Southern California.

Of course, it depends on what you need the water for, when you need it, and where it comes from.

Rates for the least expensive water, for agricultural use, are $15 or more per acre-foot.

[snip]

Actual rates paid by water districts for Metropolitan water vary depending on the type of service and the costs to deliver the water to the service location. Residential water rates in California, which include delivery and service charges, averaged $905 per AF in 2005.

Source: http://library.witpress.com/pages/PaperInfo.asp?PaperID=17561

in_awe on February 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

So we can’t drill for oil in ANWR because it will damage a desolate, barren part of the refuge that is all but devoid of life for most of the year. Yet, we also block water to the California Central Valley turning it into a desolate, barren part of the state…

Queasy on February 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM

The picture on the front seems like a nice place to bury some people standing up…up to their necks.

KOOLAID2 on February 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

They’d prefer that we import produce, instead of growing our own…and that’s what’s going on right now! More and more produce is being imported from Mexico and South America,…even here in Tulare,CA!

It all planned. Revenge on the WASP landowners to force them out of business and turn CA, and the USA as a whole into their very own third world cesspool of a nation, ruled by them, as just punishment for all the years we ruthless racist imperialists abused poor nations around the world and usurped for our own all the resource that rightly belonged to them.

hawkeye54 on February 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

This is nonsense from someone who hasn’t got a clue about how the Central Valley was transformed from a desert by government funded water projects into the Breadbasket for the World.

I have lived my whole life in the Central Valley and I have studied its history from the time of the Native Americans to the present. I grew up on a peach ranch in Merced County. If YOU want some enlightenment read Garden of the Sun by Wallace Smith.

All those government funded water projects (enacted by libruls btw)are useless if there is no rainfall. For over thirty years we’ve been having 2-3 consecutive drought years separated by one normal year of rainfall.

Rep Nunes wants the water from the San Joaquin River. But that river naturally runs north and Nunes’ district is to the south.

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Evil.

vityas on February 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If one were into conspiracies one could argue that the current scheme is to destroy the existing business environment and make the central valley economically dependent on the high-speed rail project they’re trying to push through…

One could also say the scheme involves making the existing land so worthless as to make it a scandalously cheap buy for land investors, connected to our Sacramento pols, who would delightedly sell the rights of ways for the rail project to the state for a very handsome profit and later, voila!, the remaining lands now in the “right” hands and the water gets turned back on!

hawkeye54 on February 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

One used to drive through the central valley and see the irrigation sprayers going everywhere – not unlike what you see in Kansas and Nebraska and Iowa. You don’t see that anymore – you just see tumbleweeds and dead trees for the entire 6 hour drive through the valley.

That method of irrigation is extremely wasteful. Nowadays farmers use drip irrigation and irrigate at night.

If you’re seeing nothing but tumbleweeds and dead trees you must be traveling on I-5

The west side of the valley has always looked like that.

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I live in New Jersey but this interests me. I understand there is more under devoloped land in the valley than Jersey
has land. Wasn’t this the food basket of California?
California has over a thousand miles of oceanfront property. Can’t they build desalinating plants to turn seawater into fresh water? Or at least fresh enough for irrigation?

timberline on February 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act because the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.

Dudes, if you look around and your decades of carefully forged consensus, solutions, and settlements have resulted in a barren wasteland devoid of life, you’re doing it wrong.

Lily on February 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Victor Davis Hanson, who lives in the Valley, has been doing yeoman’s work bringing this story to the attention of the public. This story explains the mechanics of the water issue extremely well.

Mr. Arkadin on February 29, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So we can’t drill for oil in ANWR because it will damage a desolate, barren part of the refuge that is all but devoid of life for most of the year.

Queasy on February 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM

OT, I know, but most people don’t realize that ANWR is comprised of 3 major areas – the wilderness area, the wildlife refuge and the “10-02″ area.

The so called 10-02 area is classified legally neither as “refuge” nor as “wilderness”, rather it was defined and separated by Congress back in 1980 for oil and gas exploration due to its well-known geological evidence of potential large hydrocarbon deposits.

Absolutely no one is suggesting exploration or development of the two other parts of ANWR – the wilderness area or the wildlife refuge area.

So when some lib complains about drilling “in the refuge or wilderness area” you can point out that there is no proposed drilling in those places.

climbnjump on February 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish. Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act…

A cynic might think that our insider trading Congress folks and their political buddies have had enough time to buy the farms at desert prices, so now it’s time to turn the water back on and make themselves rich.

RJL on February 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Those farmers need to storm the canal locks and valves that restrict the flow and bust them open. And mob anybody that tries to stop them. Then they need to go after the politicians that locked that water off. And a smelt toxin that quickly breaks down needs to be dumped in the tributaries feeding their feeding grounds.
Enough of this Eco-Marxist garbage and of all those who espouse them. ENOUGH. IT’S TIME TO FIGHT.

rayra on February 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

You care because your state has brought us the likes of Sen. “I wear baby diapers” Al Franken, past gov “I took too many knocks to the head as a SEAL” Ventura, and current gov “worst Senator ever” Dayton. And let’s not forget your Soros backed Secretary of State, Mr. Ritchie.

Sure your House and Senate are currently controlled by conservatives, but that didn’t stop Dayton from vetoing the Voter ID bill which had the overwhelming support of Minnesotans including almost a majority of liberals.

Your state really isn’t safe from becoming a junior California.

climbnjump on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

You forgot our past Republican Governor Tim “Mr Green Jeans” Pawlenty. He was a high priest in Al Gore’s church of global warming. Pawlenty even championed his own regional Cap & Trade plan, I guess he was afraid that the liberal Democrats couldn’t get Cap & Trade passed or at least not passed as fast as he wanted.

RJL on February 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The valley water issue hurts illegal immigrants the most, but makes environmentalsts happy.

I’ve been saying for a while now that Progressivism is on a collision course with itself.

MichaelGabriel on February 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Much of the damage is done. Many family farms are bankrupt, most f the fruit trees and vines are dead. Like the Liberal “Alar” scare, liberals (in the Alar case, the National Resources Defense Council) are unconcerned with the the outcomes of their lies, the important point is to keep the donations flowing.

More over, these are overwhelmingly White family farms, many tracing their line back to the opening of the West. Who cares about them? Like Zimbabwe, they must be cleansed.

Bulletchaser on February 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The drought in the Central Valley is caused by a lack of rainfall:

Fresno: Month to date 0.48 inches (normal 1.96 inches); season to date 3.43 inches (normal 7.81 inches)

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

You are truly misinformed. The “drought” in all of Central and Northern California is completely man made. The problem is water management. Reservoirs are not allowed to be built, runoff is not allowed to be trapped and stored. The Sierra snowpack can be, and has been, dozens of feet deep, enough to last for several years. Yet that snowpack can only be used for one season because the evil liberal wacko “environmentalists” will not allow rational water storage projects to be built.

California is very sick and diseased. That is why I left after being born there and living there for 60 years. The State is beautiful and bountiful. The fu**ing liberal politicians and their idiot followers have totally screwed the place up beyond recognition. California has always been a preview to the next wave of liberal tripe in America. This is where liberal democrats are taking us.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This is NOT an environmental issue. The Delta Smelt is an invasive species introduced into the Sacramento River Delta about 100 years ago. It is NOT native to the Delta. If this were an environmental issue the wacko environmentalists would want to rid the Delta of a non-native, invasive species and return the Delta to original habitat.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

And yet, California will vote to give him, and their dem congress critters Four.More.Years.

ladyingray on February 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Criminal!

California wake up and cut the ropes and let san francisco float out to sea for the good of the country.

losarkos on February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

More over, these are overwhelmingly White family farms, many tracing their line back to the opening of the West. Who cares about them?

Not to worry! I’m sure wealthy investors ready to cash in on land deals with the state’s rapid rail project, the Chinese and other international investors are eagerly waiting to offer these family farmers a “fair” price and relieve them of their now nearly worthless property.

hawkeye54 on February 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Eco-fascists want all humans gone. I don’t exaggerate here one wit. http://www.vhemt.org/

theCork on February 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I live in a perpetual Love-Hate relationship with my state.

I love this state but I truly hate the politicians running it (and the morons who keep voting them in).

NapaConservative on February 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Here we have a bonafide wedge issue amongst Libs for the GOP to exploit.

This is *not* popular amongst liberals.

None of the food regulations are.

You’re talking about people who watched films like Food, Inc. for status, to talk with their friends about, and act socially conscious by avoiding corn syrup in their sodas. Many of the comments here mocking liberals for this are missing the point.

There is common ground here, to oppose the irreversible harm being done by Democrat Reps and this is one issue where the Kos Kid loons will abandon Obama on.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Take that, vegetable lovers!

minnesoter on February 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

This is such a huge problem here. Driving through the Central Valley is literally like going through the desert, and this whole story has been suppressed by the national media. The picture literally does not due the situation justice. take a trip down Highway 4 sometime, It’s a wasteland filled with abandoned farms.

1984 in real life on February 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Carly Fiorina campaigned alot through here 2 years ago and she would have done something about it. too bad the people in Cali are brain dead and keep voting the commies back in.

1984 in real life on February 29, 2012 at 6:42 PM

A few thoughts:

1. Water is the No. 1 limiting factor for growth in the West. Nothing else even comes close. Water = Life = Growth = Prosperity.
2. Thousands of miles of California waterways are concrete lined, which pumps Billions of gallons into the ocean, where it does no good, while California’s aquifer’s are depleted rather than replenished…because of the concrete.
3. The Objectives of the Obama Admin is to eliminate wealth creating for California’s Conservative Farming community and to Drive up the cost of water for the Central Valley’s conservative middle class. As a silver lining…the laid off migrant workers will hate the Dems for this.
4. Meanwhile the Obama Admin is hellbent on destroying 3 perfectly good California Dams http://is.gd/Z3UMEs Again to cut off the farmers supply and to drive up the cost of municipal water statewide…Think of it as a giant Tax on the middle class. Allegedly this will somehow create jobs using Obama Math and it is critical for the restoration of salmon runs on the Klamath River.
5. Heck, under the DoI’s logic, we should re-establish the salmon runs on the Tuolumne by removing the O’Shaughnessy Dam (in the same manner as the Klamath Proposal) that supplies all of SF’s water; which, by the way, was a proposal originally examined by the Reagan Interior Department and which is currently part of a far left effort to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley to its original condition by moving SF’s Dam downstream. Eco-fascism is a 2 way street…maybe San Franciscans need to learn that lesson.

Afterseven on February 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Here we have a bonafide wedge issue amongst Libs for the GOP to exploit.

This is *not* popular amongst liberals.

None of the food regulations are.

You’re talking about people who watched films like Food, Inc. for status, to talk with their friends about, and act socially conscious by avoiding corn syrup in their sodas. Many of the comments here mocking liberals for this are missing the point.

There is common ground here, to oppose the irreversible harm being done by Democrat Reps and this is one issue where the Kos Kid loons will abandon Obama on.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wrong. Liberals (ALL liberals) worship at the alter of wacko environmentalism. The politicians have made this an environmental issue, and liberals will NOT do anything contrary to wacko environmentalism. It is their religion. Conservatives need to change the outlook of this nation as quickly as possible to make liberals parriahs.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

take a trip down Highway 4 sometime, It’s a wasteland filled with abandoned farms.

1984 in real life on February 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Yeah, there were some really beautiful artichoke farms on Hwy 4 east of Brentwood that pretty much turned to dust thanks to buttheads like John Garamendi. He’s all fat and happy in his oasis on the San Joquin River in Walnut. But the real tragedy is along Hwy 99 and Hwy 5 where there are literally miles upon miles upon miles of dustbowl conditions where there were once beautiful, productive green fields.

I have a visceral hate for liberals, especially liberal wacko environmentalists. They ruin everything and call it success. It’s a sickness.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

This all makes perfect sense once you realize the idea is to shut down America.

Axion on February 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Tulare has that big farm fare very year. It’s international. I was there in April.

Oil Can on February 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Tulare International Farm Show Expo is held every second Tuesday of February. It was just 2 weeks ago: George W. Bush was a guest speaker this last time. Wish I could have been there.

Snitchmo on February 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul should all give speeches from the Obama Dust Bowl during the California primary. This travesty will be on the national radar screen in no time. And this is a perfect issue for the Republicans to use to make common cause with the Hispanic bloc. Hispanic agricultural workers in CA are really suffering because of this horrific policy.

Mr. Arkadin on February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

That would require those 4 self-regarding morons to actually be serious about threats to the republic and the liberty it was based on.

The RNC has decided to send the Children’s Crusade against the political equivalent of the Capone Mob. Happy Trails!

ebrown2 on February 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

part of a far left effort to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley to its original condition by moving SF’s Dam downstream

Afterseven on February 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Afterseven, it’s not only the restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley the enviro-wackos are pushing. The infrastructure of the whole Hetch Hetchy water system is crumbling. The enviro-wackos fight tooth and nail every time an effort is made to restore this infrastructure. I think it was built in about 1910, and it has not been upgraded nor properly maintained in the past 40 years. And this is where San Francisco gets it’s water. I hope they all get parched.

NOMOBO on February 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Didn’t we do this to save a 2 inch fish? If so, then yeah, this is man made. I’m absolutely against poaching and almost all types of methods that involve wiping out large sects of wildlife. I strongly oppose ethanol based on that it A) does very little efficiency wise and B) creates reason for Brazil to keep leveling sects of rainforests. That being said – we’re depriving our own citizens of water or farms and drinking because of a fish?

It’s not even a cool fish.

Freeloader on February 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Cardoza, Costa call for bipartisan solution to state’s water problems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza called for true bipartisanship to bring a real solution to California’s water challenges during consideration of H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Although Costa and Cardoza voted in support of the legislation, they cited a lack of bipartisanship as a warning sign that the bill stands little chance of clearing the U.S. Senate. Both lawmakers urged meaningful cooperation between Republicans and Democrats to bring forth legislation that could actually be signed into law and, in turn, bring additional water to the San Joaquin Valley. “This bill, like so many others that we vote on, is far from perfect, but I supported it because of the many important provisions within it. Without an adequate water supply, agricultural fields go fallow and entire communities are laid to waste,” Cardoza said in a news release. “However, this is a perfect example of how dysfunctional Congress has become. It is a shame that even while knowing how important the water crisis is to the entire Valley and the state of California, the authors of this bill never engaged me, Congressman Costa, or Senator Feinstein in drafting a bipartisan piece of legislation that can pass both chambers of Congress.” “Our very livelihood in the Valley depends on water so finding real solutions to our water challenges should be our top priority,” Costa said in the same release. “However, some made the calculation that scoring political points was more important than producing tangible results for our Valley. Rather than doing the hard work of reaching across the aisle to craft a truly bipartisan bill that could have been signed into law, we have passed legislation that is unlikely to see the light of day in the Senate.”

Costa and Cardoza are blue dogs.

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Those were walnut trees just a few years ago — green, leafy, and prolific walnut producers.

You see these signs all along the 5 and 99 freeways. There used to be orchards all around the southern portion of the “V” made by those two highways.

Now they are dead.

Says a lot. These people have lost their water to the Government.

unclesmrgol on February 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

“…the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.”

Fairness.

mrt721 on February 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Let them eat cake dust.

chewmeister on February 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I just want to ask Obama, why do you hate jobs? Why do you hate prosperity? Why do you care about a tiny little fish over Americans who are in a great struggle?

sadsushi on February 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

…In support of this administration’s “Impoverish and Starve America” agenda!!

landlines on February 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Great, a multi-benefit. Destroy California before giving it back to Mexico and we have 1 less useless stupid liberal state.

ray on February 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

think of it as an Imperial Spanking by the Scold-in-Chief.

mittens on February 29, 2012 at 8:42 PM

It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving state.

EddieC on February 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

The year is 2012. I refuse to accept this false choice between causing a species to become extinct (unacceptable) and hampering the local CA economy (infuriating). What about some sort of aquatic sanctuary at which these fish can be taken until their numbers reach healthy levels?

Arguing that an animal “isn’t pretty” or “is useless” is rather silly. The first is a matter of opinion, and the second is just as poor a criterion. If you are religious, remember that we are to be responsible stewards of the rest of Creation.

bmmg39 on February 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

“Unlike the cruel Republicans, who demanded that you stand, I require only that you kneel”.

shiftwalker on February 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I love the hypocrites on here supporting this *Federal* bill… whatever happened to federalism? Let California come up with its own solution.

zarathustra on February 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

The west side of the valley has always looked like that.

myiq2xu on February 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Now you’re just blowin’ smoke.

Or are you going to tell us that some farmer planted row after row of DEAD trees!

Solaratov on March 1, 2012 at 1:08 AM

There Obama goes again! I hope our boot goes up his arse in November!

Sherman1864 on March 1, 2012 at 1:46 AM

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