Fish or farms? A new battle rages over California water

As reported by the Fresno Bee:

Fish or farms?

The House this week will tackle the question, which for years has triggered a tug-of-war between growers and environmentalists. It plans to vote on a Republican-authored plan aimed at sending more of northern California’s water to the Central Valley farmers who say they badly need it.

But California’s two U.S. senators, both Democrats, vow to block the bill in that chamber, saying it would bypass environmental safeguards and override state law. Gov. Jerry Brown also opposes the bill.

The bill, said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in an interview, “does not strike the right balance because there’s no reason that we have to accept a false choice and somehow weaken the Endangered Species Act in order to be smarter with water policy.”

In the middle of this political brawl are growers who have have long felt that the state’s water policies prioritize fish over farms. Surplus water is allowed to flow out into the Pacific Ocean in order to protect the ecosystems of fish like salmon and steelhead. They want it flowing to their land instead. …

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Comments

  1. Are we concerned about the Smelt again that is not a native fish in the Delta anyway. God, please help us from the insane communist democrats that care more about everything except common sense & Human existence.

    • Moonbeams tunnels will kill the bait fish, and most anything else in the delta including the economy. I can only hope that Trumps EPA puts an end to those twin disasters.

    • Moonbeams tunnels will kill the bait fish, and most anything else in the delta including the economy. I can only hope that Trumps EPA puts an end to those twin disasters.

  2. Donald J. says

    Terry, they most definitly care about their CPUSA agenda as well as their own pockets.

  3. THE CAPTIVE says

    Why I heard that there is abundant water in the Fresno/Visalia area because of all the rains. Why haven’t we seen this in the news? If the greedy Dems. don’t care and just want to drain our northern rivers -well isn’t it time for a big PUSH BACK against this wrong doing?

  4. Bogiewheel says

    Does anyone know the amount of political donations that came from the valley farmers that went to the democratic coffers?

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