Editorial: In the cross-hairs of the ...

Editorial: In the cross-hairs of the water war

There are 4 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Feb 11, 2011, titled Editorial: In the cross-hairs of the water war. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Our view: The state government seems to be promoting the view that we in the north state are the cause of California's water woes.

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Ken Babbitt

United States

#1 Feb 11, 2011
The editorial view expressed today is dead on the money. Since 'The Moonbeam' has annoited fellow enviorwaco Jerry Meral to the water board, we can kiss our water and behinds goodbye. This set of nuts are now forming the New Owens Vallley and we sit here on our butts and watch it happen. Does any one know what happened with the Owens River and the characters who pulled off this scandal? The valley was completely and literally dried up and still is to this day. All for the glory of Mulholland and his crooked LA friends. Keep your eyes open.
farmwater

Sacramento, CA

#2 Feb 11, 2011
Yes, we should all be concerned with last year’s report by the State Water Board in response to a legislative directive that stated that more water needs to flow into the Delta. But it is important to remember that the authors of the report openly admitted that their work was restricted to only looking at the Delta and not other factors, such as Sacramento Valley water use or the flow of water to San Joaquin Valley farms and 25 million Californians. The authors advised that more work needs to be done before attempting to adopt any measures.

Mike Wade
California Farm Water Coalition
Water Libertarian

Sunnyside, WA

#3 Feb 11, 2011
Left the fish kills go on. The huge monster agricultural barons were here first. It's fair and square that they get to have as much water as they want. Capitalism first, humans last.
Chris Gulick

Clayton, CA

#4 Feb 12, 2011
Golly Gee Whiz, the light bulb went on and the author just figured this out ? What an interesting juxtaposition. Northern agricultural interests potentially being asked to conserve so agricultural interests in the central valley can export more water from the delta. Poor old Mike Wade (California Farm Water Coalition). His head is going to explode trying to spin this.
Seriously, as "reasonable and beneficial use" is clarified and refined, water rights such as Area of origin and riparian will need to be protected. I can't imagine there are any farmers left out there that don't, by this time, recognize the danger of over allocating the supply of water available. That is not to say we all should not be accountable for how we use a public trust resource. Upstream diverters are not in the cross hairs, you're just the latest victims of the insatiable corporate greed of a few mega wealthy central valley land owners who want you to be less so they can be more.As the writing on the wall becomes more and more in focus as to the primary solution to the delta's problem namely, increasing inflows or reducing exports, you'all are just the next target.
Note to Ken Babbitt : Of the water diverted from the delta to points south 5% goes to Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles and 23 % stops in the central valley. The Boogie man may live in Beverly Hills but he grows pistachio's and pomegranites in Kern County.

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