|Shasta Dam Spillway Release 1998|
So, we have 40 million acre feet falling on our state and on its way to the Pacific Ocean, many gallons get peeled off to water the crops and animals by the farmers and ranchers. Over the years, the Feds helped build some dams and reservoirs to capture water for the drier times. So did the State. People could rely on the flows to keep our state a year round growing state. California got rich with that dependable source of liquid gold. Then came two things. Growth in the human population and the EPA. More humans meant more demand for the water. So a few dams were built to accommodate the growth up until the 1970's. The second was the Auburn Dam.
The eco nuts came into their own. Lawsuits and the use of the new requirements of eco documents like NEPA and CEQA, along with court decisions changed everything. The defeat of the dam was the beginning of the end of new water storage facilities in California. It was the beginning of allocations to a useless little fish in the Delta named the "Delta Smelt". So the courts became the battle ground and liberal judges decided the fish (etal) were more important than humans and so it goes. No more dams, more water to useless fish and less for farmers and water district supplying 38 million people. Only about 2 million acre feet of storage was constructed since the 1970's or so. Enough for household use of 2 million people. The population went up 20 million.
The battles heated up in our state but since it is run by democrats, they owed their jobs to the eco nuts and their endless dollars of grant money *what a great scam they created). The farmers and the water districts were ignored as the Feds and the State sent more water into the Pacific and wasted the precious resource. We got to see the power of the dollars spread around by eco groups. They were able to keep water from being utilized in the central valley farmlands and many thousands of people were forced to leave and/or become unemployed (many illegal immigrants, you know, the favorite people of the democrat party). No water, no crops. No jobs, but the smelt got their allotment. You can still see the signs along Highway 99 and Interstate 5 pointing the finger correctly, at the stupid legislators and judges who denied people their water. I also blame the chicken shit Arnold S when he was governor.
So now we have Kevin McCarthy, Congressman from Bakersfield, pushing federal legislation to deal with this water shortage. I am actually torn about this because I like state's rights on the own lands. Jerry Brown says "butt out" but the Republican delegation to Congress says maybe not. They want more water storage and greater water amounts sent to the farmers and water districts. (I think they need to boot the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers). The state legislators are afraid of their eco donators so much that they will cause untold misery for their own voters in order to pacify the eco nuts. Now that is power! But the low information voters via the biased left news media will blame the Republicans for trying to fix the place.
So until there is some terrible incident, like, no water for Los Angeles or San Francisco, there will be no changes to the stupidity of the politicians running our once great state. (Hell, even Jerry lies about our budget deficits and the stupid press just does their stenography). Water is short because there are no new storage facilities. None since the early 70's I think. What do the stupid people in the state government think is going to happen? 38 million people get thirsty. All the businesses requiring water, farmers, food plants, cattle and the rest, need lots of water. So, maybe this is the turning point? Maybe when you start fining people for using that extra gallon of water, maybe they will change? I am not optimistic about a change here in California. I do think there will be a lot of misery and hopefully the people will boot these loony leftists out of our government and put some smart folks in. Water will be the turning point I hope.