California water crisis over?

A little over a year ago, farmers, farm workers and local politicians were marching arm-in-arm across the San Joaquin Valley begging for water for agriculture and jobs.

About the same time, politicians in Sacramento were behind closed doors making pork-and-bean deals to get an $11-billion bond issue on the November 2010 ballot.

Today the hardest hit farmers on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley want to sell surplus water to Los Angeles and the water bond will very likely be postponed until 2012.

What happened?

It rained and snowed in California.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Todd Fitchette
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 09:24:31

    Yeah, and the folks who recreate on Shasta Lake are having a great year as the lake filled to the top earlier this summer and it remains mostly full late into the summer.
    As for the Westlands water swap with LA, the best thing for farmers would be a few on-stream storage facilities along the western flank of the Sierra. More dams to hold back water would help farmers AND the environment by allowing officials to trickle water down the San Joaquin River and other waterways during the dry months when those rivers dry up.
    It’s too simple.


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