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  •  Manage water usage for farming... (7+ / 0-)

    If you read "Cadillac Desert" you might remember that much of what is reserved for agriculture is for crops that demand lots of water. Since water rights are not restricted in this sense, you can have rice growers along the Feather River get diversion damns and water from Lake Oroville to grow a crop that is in abundance from foreign sources. Cotton should not be grown in the Central Valley for instance. But water rights trump everything and they are tied to property rights and first rights trump everyone who comes later. I have always forecasted that one day, water will become public property, we will pull an eminent domain on all water rights and then use it for some managed purpose. It will mean war but the cities have the power of the people, the farms only the power of the law. Change the law and you can get to some kind of rational policy. Until then, the environment will suffer unless someone protects it. The Smith River is a national and world treasure, please do not damn it. As for Shasta, I belong to the Bollibokka Club which would end up being almost fully inundated if they raise the Dam...bummer.

    Do facts matter anymore?

    by Sinan on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 03:12:41 PM PST

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