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Water shut off to California farms because of endangered fish!


Read information below that explains California in its state of emergency because of liberals shutting off water to our food supply just to try and protect a fish from getting caught in our drain pipes.

Unemployment rates are now 40% because of the water being shut off to farmers. Hundreds of acres of crops are now dead. 1 million acres of fields and orchards also have no aboveground water supply. People have to go to food banks for food. Fruits and vegetable prices have skyrocketed in central California.

Federal water managers cut off water to thousands of California farms as a result of Water has been cut off since March.
Farmers in the nation's No. 1 agriculture state predicted it would cause consumers to pay more for their fruits and vegetables, which would have to be grown using expensive well water.

Environmentalists are tripping over themselves to preserve every
species that crawls, squirms, swims or flys (sic) but they are content
to let humans die," claimed Nunes. " And now they have a government
that agrees with them. This Congress and our President have chosen
fish over people in my state."

I think the judges decision is wrong," claimed Schwarzenegger. "If you
start choosing species, and the smelt and salmon over people, I think
you are wrong. I think its a mistake when you see the impacts that it
has."

"Water is our life - it's our jobs and it's our food," said Ryan Jacobsen, executive director of the farm bureau in Fresno County. "Without a reliable water supply, Fresno County's No. 1 employer - agriculture - is at great risk."
The drought would cause an estimated $1.15 billion dollar loss in agriculture-related wages and eliminate as many as 40,000 jobs in farm-related industries in the San Joaquin Valley alone, where most of the nation's produce and nut crops are grown, said Lester Snow, director of the Department of Water Resources.

Jeff Peracchi, a pomegranate and grape grower in Huron, said he was laying off employees because without water, there wouldn't be much fruit to pick.
"I can't just say I won't farm this year - I have to do something. But I'm having to lay off guys who have been with us for years," Peracchi said. "At this point, I'm planning to farm to keep the fruit as healthy as I can, but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to be profitable."

California's agricultural industry typically receives 80 percent of all the water supplies managed by the federal government - everything from far-off mountain streams and suburban reservoirs. The state supplies drinking water to 23 million residents and 755,000 acres of irrigated farmland.
Farms supplied by flows from the state would still get 15 percent of their normal deliveries, but the combined state and federal cutbacks would leave more than 1 million acres of fields and orchards with no aboveground water supply, Snow said.

Water for crops was restricted by court decisions cutting back deliveries that flow through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a freshwater estuary home to the delta smelt, a fish scientists believe is on the brink of extinction.

Dwindling supplies would have to be routed to cities to ensure residents, hospitals and fire crews have enough to meet minimum health and safety needs, said Don Glaser, the federal reclamation bureau's Mid-Pacific Region director.
health safety don glaser federal reclamation bureaus mid-pacific region director
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  • ♥N N♥ 2009/08/12 04:03:22 (edited)
    ♥N N♥
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    A Republican Senator pleading for water for the San Joaquin Valley. Has been asking for 2 years!

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  • jgbumper 2009/12/30 06:19:54
    jgbumper
    +2
    i agree with lets make fish sticks people over fish any day move the delta smelt
  • diamondjacktonlinede 2009/11/17 20:09:59
    diamondjacktonlinede
    I think that if the Liberals are so concerned about the Delta Smelt, then they should no longer water their lawns and swimming pools. I would be willing to bet that these bleeding heart Liberals who "care" so much about the poor would rather that 40,000 farmers go hungry than have their lawns and pools dry up. Think of all of the Liberal Angelenos and San Franciscans who if they were to give up watering their lawns, would be providing more than enough water for the farmers and the Delta Smelt.
  • concerned diamond... 2009/11/21 03:43:03
    concerned
    So I came here to find out if the water had been turned back on?? Not hearing anything from mainstream media, no surprise there. Haven't seen followup on FoxNewsChannel, or maybe I missed it. So here I am wondering what the status is? I am finding that everywhere I turn people seem to know nothing about this issue, Act like I am crazy when I get to the words dust bowl, geesh. Really really really bad if water still off. Explaining to people the importance of issue, and do they want ALL of their food imported eventually because of policies and actions like turning off the water to the San Juaquin Valley. Sorta like we -USA - now has to import a way way larger amount of oil than we did a couple decades back. I like that analogy.
    So, being tired and not having read thru entire site here, I was hoping to come back in a day or so in hopes of finding response - or links,. Tired of not being believed, geesh
  • sailor 2009/10/27 14:21:03
    sailor
    Liberalism run amok!
  • RedRider 2009/10/25 02:40:00
    RedRider
    So do you believe the BS from your cal. rep.? They claim to be pro American, however put liberal BS! first before jobs and water that helps feed the world and the USA. How can you keep on voting in Nancy P. as your representative? Is this what is best for California and the USA?

    When will California wake up and do what is right?
    When will you voters in California realize that the people you have voted for don't care and make changes through careful voting?

    This remains to be seen how smart are you???
    Small fish or jobs and an improvement in our land, from desert to lush growing fields. Why don't the environmentalists care about our rare jobs, instead of a insignificant small fish?

    Wake up and smell the lack of common sense!
    What is a liberal? It is a socialist who only sees things the way that they want to!

    Turn-on the water for our sake, or lets impeach Obama who refuses to help our citizens!!!

    Let's start the impeachment document and signatures today!

    The RED Rider...
  • Bernadette 2009/10/07 15:39:18
    Bernadette
    +2
    seriously they need to turn the water back on, what would happen if the delta smelt just died off? its the government trying to starve americans
  • ♥N N♥ 2009/10/02 04:22:53
    ♥N N♥
    +5
    Valley Activists Take Water Fight To Washington

    Representatives from the Central Valley continue making their case for much needed water, taking the fight to Capitol Hill before the Obama administration.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be present for Wednesday's hearing, where many valley farmers are expected to speak out at restrictions on water deliveries that were put in place to protect the Delta Smelt.

    "We are disappointed in the actions that both the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of the Interior have taken in resolving an issue, both in the Valley and in the State of California," said Mario Santoyo with the Latino Water Coalition. "It's pretty clear that their interest lies elsewhere given that they've rejected the reconsideration of the biological opinion."

    The water crisis has left more than a quarter-million acres of land idle, and thousands out of work.

    Members of the Latino Water Coalition say they are making some progress. At the very least, they say Senator Dianne Feinstein is committed to help get funding for the two-gates project which would protect the smelt, while still allowing water to flow.

    "We pleaded with her to try and find additional federal dollars to try and allow this project to get built," said Santoyo. "She committed that that...

    Valley Activists Take Water Fight To Washington

    Representatives from the Central Valley continue making their case for much needed water, taking the fight to Capitol Hill before the Obama administration.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be present for Wednesday's hearing, where many valley farmers are expected to speak out at restrictions on water deliveries that were put in place to protect the Delta Smelt.

    "We are disappointed in the actions that both the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of the Interior have taken in resolving an issue, both in the Valley and in the State of California," said Mario Santoyo with the Latino Water Coalition. "It's pretty clear that their interest lies elsewhere given that they've rejected the reconsideration of the biological opinion."

    The water crisis has left more than a quarter-million acres of land idle, and thousands out of work.

    Members of the Latino Water Coalition say they are making some progress. At the very least, they say Senator Dianne Feinstein is committed to help get funding for the two-gates project which would protect the smelt, while still allowing water to flow.

    "We pleaded with her to try and find additional federal dollars to try and allow this project to get built," said Santoyo. "She committed that that's what she would do."

    Santoyo says Senator Feinstein wants one final independent study to cancel out the biological finding that the Delta Smelt is even endangered. That study would take about six months to complete
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  • Proud American 2009/09/23 13:56:40
    Proud American
    +3
    In an attempt to assist you all in California, I have ran an add on Ebay to hopefully get donations to assist the Farmers and Families in need. Please post this information and forward to anyone you think may be willing to help, since the U.S. government does not seem to care about our very own citizens.

    Please visit Ebay and assist if you can.

    Please be sure to forward to everyone on your email lists.

    Thank You from Fresno California Farmers Water Shutdown

    Item Id: 270458462874
  • Northtexasgirl 2009/09/23 12:26:03
    Northtexasgirl
    +2
    STOP THE TERRORISM! TURN THE WATER BACK ON TO THE CALIFORNIA FARMER'S SO THAT THEY CAN GROW OUR FOOD! SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WASHINGTON!
  • Northtexasgirl 2009/09/23 12:23:03
    Northtexasgirl
    +3
    This is a message to all America that Obama's government does not care about American people! Allowing for shutting down of water to the California farmer who feeds America all over a little fish is total cruelty and is the epitome of uncaring for this nation! He did lie when he stood up and said he would be a president for the people. It looks like a terroristic act to allow the government to shut down water so that Americans cannot enjoy the healthy and great food that Californians provide for America. It is terrorism people, plain and simple!
  • Dutchess 2009/09/21 22:48:01
    Dutchess
    People! They are in a drought! Have been for three years! Mother nature "turned the water off," not humans!
  • ruep Dutchess 2009/10/04 21:28:46
    ruep
    +3
    You are ignorant to say that! Since they are in a drought, it is even more vital for their farms to get the water. You are crazy to think this is from natural causes. If water was being supplied by the pipes, then their crops could be watered with or without rain!
  • diamond... Dutchess 2009/11/17 20:12:10
    diamondjacktonlinede
    Are you willing to let your lawn die? If not, then you are a hypocrite because you would rather let the farmers lose their livelyhoods than let your lawn die.
  • iverness 2009/09/18 15:46:21
    iverness
    +3
    Nothing like starving the people over an environmentalists righteous cause to turn some lib's into conservatives. What I haven't seen anyone address is, what is starving the people in California will soon affect the rest of the country! Prepare to be paying more at the store for fruits and veggies.... IF they are available. Shame on you big government! The people are waking up and your days are numbered.
  • Tina Hillstrom 2009/09/18 05:18:45 (edited)
    Tina Hillstrom
    +3
    OPEN LOON SESAON

    Yup the Liberal Loon is over populated so it's open season on them shoot as many as you want. There is "NO LIMIT" as there is no limit to what these crazy birds will do. Shut off water for a Smelt. They must be smoking some really bad stuff in Ca, Obama Turn the water on. crazy birds shut water smelt smoking dc obama turn water
  • Eric Tina Hi... 2009/09/19 21:01:16
    Eric
    Be forewarned...we may not show our guns, be we are armed as well. Oh yeah and there are more of us than there are of you. We aren't all tree-huggers.
  • Eric 2009/09/18 03:19:02
    Eric
    +3
    Nunes spoke of 636 days he has been asking to have his ammendment added. So it sounds like this problem has been going on for a while. Why was this not an issue for the previous administration? Why is this being thrown at the Dems feet? What has the Governator done to resolve this? Are the conservatives ready to give some credence to Global Warming or do they think that water supply issues and raging wildfires are all acts of partisan politics? Seems to me that if this were really a cut-n-dry issue of just turning on a water valve it would have been done already. I was under the impression that this would adversely affect the salmon fisheries. The mere fact that this has support from FOX leads me to the assumption that there are large corporate interests at play here and that this isn't just about the plight of 40,000 people, most of which are probably migrant workers that will as the name indicates migrate somewhere else to work. Keeping in mind here that these are probably the same 40,000 people that Lou Dobbs would like to have shipped back to Mexico.

    I encourage everyone to read this post:
    http://www.indybay.org/newsit...
  • mar 2009/09/18 01:51:37
    mar
    where is the outrage against these federal judges and why aren't they being challenged? This is like an antichrist scenario - if you don't take the bull shit then you can't buy or sell.
  • Harry 2009/09/18 01:16:14
    Harry
    Outrageous! The perverse philosophy of extreme environmentalism exhibited in all its ignominy: fish are more important than people.
  • Takoda 2009/08/29 21:15:57
    Takoda
    +17
    I say lets go have some fish sticks!

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