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  •  Another subject that never comes up is the (8+ / 0-)

    water rights. There is still the archaic water rights system that was put in place a century ago for agriculture that states that the first in for rights has priority. The problem with this is it leads to parties who waste water and yet have priority for more water than those who settled later and who could be very conservative in their water use. So with the old system you have water being handed to squanderers while conservators scrape for every drop and even end up leasing it from those with a water priority at a cost. Those who use less or use conserving methods should have greater priority or cheaper rates. This would give the incentive to conserve California's precious limited water resources.

    •  Oh my. The SWRCB has given water rights to (2+ / 0-)
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      wu ming, limpidglass

      folks that are 8x the amount of water actually available in CA. That is the first issue. The second issue and what the BDCP is actually ALL ABOUT is that folks in the desert of the Central Valley want to irrigate their selenium laden land. And that toxic runoff is what comes down the San Joaquin. There is NO natural outflow from the San Joaquin.

      Please show me the evidence of "squanderers". I dare you.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Tue May 21, 2013 at 10:55:50 PM PDT

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