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DingLeeBerry
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California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
The Sacramento Bee Courtesy of Yahoo


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Forced to reckon with a worsening drought, California’s water regulators are preparing to forbid thousands of farmers from tapping into the state’s major rivers and streams. It’s an extraordinary step — and one that regulators didn’t take during the last drought, which was considered one of the worst on record. The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday released an “emergency curtailment” order that would cut thousands off from rivers and streams in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds. The five-person board still has to vote on the order Aug. 3, and it would take effect about two weeks later.


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“We don’t take this action lightly; we know that it’s going to impose hardships on folks,” she said. Exceptions will be made for drinking water and other human needs. “We’re trying to protect drinking water supplies; we’re trying to protect endangered fish in the system,” she said. State officials have warned that most winter-run Chinook salmon could die in the Sacramento River this year. Most farmers who rely on the State Water Project or the federal Central Valley Project are already struggling with dramatically reduced allocations. The proposed order released Friday covers those thousands of farmers with direct legal rights to pull water out of the rivers.


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Karen Ross, secretary of state Department of Food and Agriculture, said the cutoff would further weaken farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to produce this year, but she called the move “absolutely necessary” in light of the severity of the drought. Environmentalists have been urging the state to act quickly, saying more water needs to be kept in the system to prop up ailing fish species. As far back as March, the state water board began warning farmers that supplies were drying up. Formal “notices of water unavailability” were sent out in mid-June — a precursor to the proposed order released Friday.


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During the last drought, the board did issue some curtailment orders to limited groups of farmers — and got sued. The courts ruled that the growers weren’t given due process to protest the moves. So this time the board is moving more deliberately. “It’s not something that we could do any more quickly,” Sobeck said.


Animal
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
I love almonds but California needs to quit growing almonds.


Jack Carter
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
Uh, maybe use your massive budget surplus to create desalination plant? Like they do in the UAE for the vast majority of their water?


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AtlantaLSUfan
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
Meanwhile Louisana has more water than land. Which we could ship it to them.


rsbd
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
God hates California


CoachChappy
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
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we’re trying to protect endangered fish in the system,”


Last time I heard them say this, they were trying to protect sac-a-lait


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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
Farmers and ranchers are primarily conservatives, so of course they will be cut first.


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dcbl
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
this will be ANOTHER little piece that contributes to prices going up, on food no less
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jimmy the leg
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IIRC, Harvard has spent a vast sum buying up water rights that could be used, but has Ben diverted (Nestle foods?). Additionally, I could have sworn that I read that California pumped down their reservoirs in the last calendar year based solely on a schedule. If what I remember is true, then it is either a series of costly errors, or the farm’s are being intentionally fricked over.


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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
So, no water now...no food later. Makes sense.


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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
They've pretty much destroyed Lake Mead trying to protect some river smelt or some such critter.


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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
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God hates California
Not just God. :wink:


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DingLeeBerry
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
Really Alarming" - Megadrought Pushes Two Major US Lakes To Record-Low Water Levels

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Water levels in Utah's Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell have dropped to their lowest levels ever recorded. This summer's extreme drought and compounding heat waves have triggered a water crisis in the Western half of the U.S. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Utah's Great Salt Lake saw water levels drop an inch below the previous record low of 4,191.4 feet above sea level in1963.


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Meanwhile, Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the U.S., has dropped to 3,554 feet in elevation or 33% capacity — the lowest in over half a century since it was filled.


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The lake is a crucial holding tank for outflow from the Colorado River Upper Basin States: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.


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Brad Udall, a climate scientist at Colorado State University, told Cronkite News that increasing demand for water across seven U.S. and two Mexican states "that rely on the Colorado River had not declined fast enough to match the reduced supply. If Powell falls even further, hydroelectric turbines will cease to run. The lake supplies water to up to 30 million people and irrigation of 5 million acres.




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Rex Feral
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
Wake me up when the locusts and three days of darkness show up.


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nola000
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
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this will be ANOTHER little piece that contributes to prices going up, on food no less



Not a little piece. If I'm remembering correctly, I believe it was 60% or more of our domestic fruit production comes from California.


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teke184
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
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I love almonds but California needs to quit growing almonds.


Almonds are a benefit to the state of California.

Millions of people living on the coast who immigrated illegally? Less so.


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TOSOV
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
I think I heard that California puts a large % of water they collect back into the ocean. Not sure why, but found that interesting if true.

They really need to stop asking people to care about their issues when they don't start doing a better job at water conservation.


teke184
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
But who else will protect the delta smelt?


Seriously, the state is shite at water management, such as refusing to put in new reservoirs over the course of decades, and it is coming to a head now as the state is overpopulated and in drought conditions.


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HalfCocked
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re: California moves to cut off water to thousands of farmers, as drought dries up rivers
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Meanwhile Louisana has more water than land. Which we could ship it to them.


How about we dont, at all. How about we build a wall, trough them in and not let them migrate here. Then the "racist, ignorant homophobes" that they portray us as will flourish. By selling them water and and crops at a very, very healthy profit. You know, because we need them so badly to survive off of their federal taxes.

They can kneel or they can die. Personally, I'd prefer they all die. Yeah, I said it. You live godless, you don't get to pray for his help when the seeds you sew rise.
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HalfCocked
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Thats how it works when you sit in a classroom and listen to a limp wrist beta tell you how to think. Instead of going into the real world and actually learning.


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