posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 12:48 PM
Apparently not says the Dept of Interior. This is pure insanity. With food prices skyrocketing and crops being destroyed all over for the government
to do this is criminal. Well it appears it is in the first place.
"The Department of Interior issued an announcement yesterday that perfectly illustrates the irrationality of our current approach to water issues.
California’s precipitation this season has gone off the charts. Statewide snow water content is 198 percent of normal; in the all-important
Northern Sierra snowpack is 174 percent of normal. This is not only a wet year – it is one of the wettest years on record.
Yet yesterday, we have this announcement from the Department of the Interior: that despite a nearly unprecedented abundance of water, the Bureau of
Reclamation will only guarantee delivery of 45 percent of the California Central Valley’s contracted water supply south of the Delta. This is the
same percentage they received last year with barely average rainfall.
This is of crucial importance to the entire nation, since the Central Valley of California is one of the largest producers of our nation’s food
supply. California produces half of the U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables on the nation’s grocery shelves and the prices you pay are directly
affected by the California harvest.
The deliberate decision by this administration in 2009 and 2010 to divert hundreds of billions of gallons of water away from the Central Valley
destroyed a quarter million acres of the most productive farmland in America, it threw tens of thousands of families into unemployment and it affected
grocery prices across the country."mcclintock.house.gov...