Congressman Tom McClintock: Farmers before smelt – 1.6 million acre feet of water was flushed into the Pacific last year to preserve smelt, water that the farmers on the Westside should have had this year to grow their crops. The farm business is far more important to California’s economy than smelt. We should build the Auburn Dam!Bottom Line: Water markets would make it easier for human users to redirect water to where it has value, reducing the "need" to take water from Nature that should be left to flow. Hopefully, Governor Brown will turn to markets before warring Congress-critters tear California apart.
Congressman John Garamendi: Congress (i.e. the Republican House) is overriding 30 years of water planning and allocation in California to benefit the southern San Joaquin Valley counties at the expense of Northern California water users – and not putting up one dime of money to help with the problem. Essentially it is a forced reallocation by Congress of water that heretofore was a 10th Amendment state domain.
Ringside: Jerry Brown is freaking out.
6 Feb 2014
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BB sent the following summary of California water management: