Posted on 09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT by Kaslin. Take notice that much of the produce around the country will be from foreign countries. Disclaimer: That is proven because the endangered fish do not reside on or near any of the farms that are being impacted by the water restrictions. Obama won’t even have to come in from the back nine to veto it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Valley_(California). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…..mp#Threats. management. The majority of these transfers are between agricultural water users in the same hydrologic basin and do not require review by other government agencies.”, California Water Plan Update California Department of Water Resources Top of Page 7 of 16, http://www.waterplan.water.ca……wp2009.pdf. As an Endangered Species Act-listed species, delta smelt require increased water allocation to maintain low salinity in an already water-starved area, leaving less water for farmers and their crops. I’m in agreement with you Jeff. No one has fought harder to keep kids out of the classroom than teachers unions. | Paul Feine Before the canal system was dug, the water from the mountains ran down into the valley through rivers and streams, & farmers used these natural waterways as a conduit for their water supply. Under the conditions of what year? It’s not a difficult thing to figure out. “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”. By vetoing the bill, Obama is making sure the original Federal intervention stands, and stopping the State from asserting itself in the fight. 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Some species of smelts are among the few fish that sportsmen have been allowed to net, using hand-held dip nets, either along the coastline or in streams. Unfortunately, due to the likely irreversible large-scale changes that have occurred in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem, it is likely that delta smelt are headed for extinction within the next few years. But that’s what we’re doing. The two groups argue that under ESA protections afforded to the threatened delta smelt fish, critical water deliveries to parts of the state have plummeted by up to 30 percent per year, according to the Los Angeles Times.Environmental advocates say the water is needed to protect the delta smelt … As long as the new guys know what they’re getting when they buy…. You don’t understand the issue. That's why Delta fisherman and farmers support these protections -- because their jobs and livelihoods depend on it," she said in a statement. But many farmers, like Allen, aren't just blaming Mother Nature for that. And look, we love animals we conservatives and libertarians aren’t anti-animal, but at the same time the earth isn’t our god, God is our god and he created the earth. I don’t know if they are, but if they aren’t? All Donations NOW Being Matched! Especially when you’re dealing with land leases and things. First, it’s not just about the amount of water needed for the fish. It is perfectly fine for the woman to pleasure herself after the man finishes. several hundred thousand acres of farmland on the west side of the Central Valley now lie fallow. You’re basically describing what’s enabled settlement of most of the trans-Mississippi west since 1900. F- for not working in some kind of fish joke. | In 2008, the U.S. An archaic and poorly constructed set of property law that in the Western U.S. is a source of never-ending litigation and controversy. EIRs are an onerous and often unnecessary burden for professional property developers–much worse for other people. Oh, and the fact that that land in the mountains isn’t even connected to the CA Aqueduct System in any way, shape or form might have something to do with it. The Service issued a biological opinion about the effects that the federal and state water projects’ pumping of massive quantities of water from the Delta would have on this threatened species, a small fish that exists only in the Delta. Tulpa|2.29.12 @ 9:19PM|# “What happened to the water from the abundant snowfall?” What abundant snowfall, what year? | Added to that, unnecessarily requiring people to do an EIR–because of the cost and time involved–is practically cruel and unusual punishment. Feinstein’s 3-year old bill was passed when Congress and Presidency was all Democratic. HR 1837 does not allow fishing and recreational interests to have first dibs on water during a drought either. That would make your farm worth much less. This is 2009, we shouldn’t have to choose between fish & farmers. …even the microscopic life! What are the state legislators supposed to do? Leases can go for decades, hell I’ve made offers to lease land for 99 years–the bank wouldn’t finance a construction loan on leased land unless it was at least a 99 year lease. People don't need to think about this for more than a moment to know the answer, right? Accessibility | 1837, a bill that would turn the pumps back on. There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. They can take twelve to eighteen months or more and can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. To whatever extent it’s screwed up, it’s screwed up because of government putting its thumb on the scale. Money on it: they will drive out the small farmers & the land will be bought by giant corporations who will farm it. The justices denied a petition to review a set of rules enacted in 2008 by the U.S. Second, the farmers on the west side who also own land in the mountains (that they do not farm) are getting the water they need based on the acreage they own, as opposed to what they actually utilize. Actually the bill has nothing to do with the Delta Smelt. Less smelt – less salmon. sloopyinca|2.29.12 @ 7:17PM|# “Lastly, the whole “it’s a desert, what do you expect” bullshit is just that: bullshit.”, There are deserts, such as the Sahara and the Gobi and the Mojave. To protect the smelt, billions of gallons of water from the mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farms and into the ocean, while farmers watched their crops wither and their once-productive land become barren. We had the State, county and federal wildlife people out on a site all at the same time to survey our possible fairy shrimp habitat–some of which were puddles two inches wide and half an inch deep…. I’ll give you a hint. In a March 2012 trawl survey, wildlife officials found 296 fish. What’s next for smelt? Somehow Fresno County is in Southern California; the San Joachin-Sacramento Rivers run from Northern California to Southern California; and there wouldn’t be any farms in Fresno country if it wasn’t for government intervention…. It’ll die in the Senate. As things stand now, they either get water (due to their abundant acreage elsewhere) or they don’t. The salmon feed on the smelt. Had that been the case, their land would have remained moderately productive, even with a reduced supply of water. For finance reasons, it can be important to be able to look at these things over the really long haul. They might be way upstream from you so the water doesn’t even flow to them. Delta Smelt v. Central Valley Farmers: The Battle Continues. But when the government says it has rights, that’s not what we’re talking about when we’re talking about farmers having water rights. Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the world. Water rights, and markets in water rights, are the libertarian solution to water scarcity. I’ve heard the stories and attended the meetings where they were told their land was now going to be unfarmable, and to pound sand because of some fish that would migrate if the salinity of their habitat became too high. What happened to the water from the abundant snowfall? That’s the most libertarian solution possible. The smelt population has been shrinking since the 1970s, with a few intermittent rebounds. Because the land they own in the mountains is either range for cattle that needs no water, or it is high and east enough that it routinely gets enough water naturally. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. But you’d have to be pretty clever with the definition to call the central valley a desert: “1906: California flood A storm in late 1906 reported highest ever rainfalls in a southeast to northwest direction from Monterey to Ione in the Sierra Nevada foothills. To say that they have anything to do with a free market or property rights is false in many cases. HR 1837 undoes the politicization of water contracts in the prior Feinstein bill by way of eliminating environmental impact reports (a code word for wealth distribution to fictional impacted parties. Farmers maintained their own reservoirs and farmed according to their ability to store water. | But I know who’s going to win. | Groceries will go up for everybody around the country. The authorities forget the species homo sapiens, also part of the ecosystem, is threatened. Third, this is a power-play by the state’s version of an EPA to dictate what people can do with their own land. Think of it like mineral rights. It’s typically tied to your title. The numbers suggest the delta smelt, indeed, could be wiped out soon anyway. Imagine if we had to go back and apply California’s enviro law CEQA to everything built since 1900. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the delta smelt, a 3-inch-long fish that is uniquely adapted to the delta. Their ability to control their own destiny went out the window when the government got involved “for their own good.”. | Delta Smelt, Farmers’ Nemesis, May Disappear Due to Drought. They say enlarging the Twitchell Island Channel in the Sacramento Delta could eliminate reverse water flows sucking young smelt into the pumps of the State Water Project. Privacy Policy | 12.7.2020 1:35 PM, © 2020 Reason Foundation | An identical sampling a month later found 143. Delta Smelt was listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) in 1993. It would cost much less money to sell the water to farmers WHERE THE WATER ALREADY IS. According to Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition and a former Merced County farmer, decreasing the water pumped from the delta isn’t doing good for farmers or the smelt. Doug Obeggi at the Natural Resources Defense Council has a good piece explaining why the whole "delta smelt" claim is a red herring: First, Endangered Species Act protections for delta smelt aren't just about a tiny fish. It’s about how CA has manipulated reservoir levels to show the water is needed in different parts of the state more than others. And farmers command a large share of the state’s water supply —about 40%, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Farms are hard enough to finance with weather being variable and droughts. ], Cities in the area dump raw sewage into the water. There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. And water rights do get bought and sold–to deny that there’s a market in that is factually incorrect. WL. That being said, it looks like a market to me: “Each year hundreds of water transfers occur in California. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden. I’d advocate putting a water rights system in similar to what we already have right now. Indeed, farmers in Northern California have been complaining about the state’s water diversion to the south for decades. I thought this was really about the salmon. Is there something important that feeds on them? Any water rights related to this situation belong to Northern California farmers. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=961C90DFE5BF7AD2. You also get whacky shit where basically all the natural (rain, surface, ground) water on your property might be “owned” by another property that is detached by miles, whose owner has no practical way of collecting, transporting, or using this water. The solution seems to be getting the state out of the way to provide for private irrigation. Not necessarily. Lesson here: Never consider selling a permanent restriction to the use of your property, negotiate a license that can terminate when some condition is met instead. NEXT: Obama's Drone Policy Backfires, North Korea Makes Nice, Davy Jones Dies: P.M. Delta smelt, a small free-swimming fish native to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California, have been portrayed as the catalyst for failing agriculture in the delta region. Thanks to 1264 donors, we've reached $378,357 of our $200,000 $300,000 goal! The Second Civil War is going to suck. 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