Federal water allocation for drought-stricken California farms cut to zero

LOS ANGELES Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:05pm EST

1 of 2. The California Drought Task Force works in the Cal OES State Operations Center in Mather, California, February 19, 2014.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The worsening drought in California will force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts throughout the state's Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday.

The projected 2014 zero allocation to all but a handful of agricultural districts supplied by the federally run Central Valley Project comes three weeks after forecasts of similarly drastic cuts were announced by managers of a separate water-delivery system operated by the state.

California grows roughly half of all U.S. fruits and vegetables, most of that in the Central Valley, and ranks as the No. 1 farm state by value of agricultural products produced each year.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (9)
WhyMeLord wrote:
For decades, California has wasted more water than it uses properly.
They’ve used spray irrigation irresponsibly, and must pay the price.
Californians are notorious for squandering natural resources; BAD.
Their attitude’s been; “when we run out, somebody will sell us some”.
Well, those days are coming to an end, and look out for what’s next.
Less water = more fires = higher insurance rates = more complaining.
Well, if it’s too hot in the California kitchen, then move to Mexico.

Feb 21, 2014 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
lag46 wrote:
Time for a Federal public works project that would dwarf the Tennessee Valley Authority and Manhatten projects. Envision a series of dams,lakes,conduits and pumping stations to transport Great Lakes water to the West along the Illinois, Missouri and Platte,Colorado, Arkansas and other Rivers. Nuclear generating stations along the route would power the pumps as well as feed the national grid. Unemployment could drop to near zero.

Feb 21, 2014 3:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:
The US has received huge amounts of snow and ice this winter, and there will be floods caused by the melting. These meltwater floods have happened in prior years, and the US should prepare for them. A US water pipeline grid could pump water from flooding places to areas in drought. This would reduce excessive erosion of topsoil from floods and allow crop production in drought areas. This federal and state cutoff for most farms in California proves the need for a US water pipeline grid similar to the US power grid. I also recommend construction of desalination plants along the US Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts to provide additional supplies of water. As lag46 has pointed out, such projects could reduce US unemployment to near zero percent. The US, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Australia will become polluted deserts if they do nothing.

Since 2001, China has worked on a national water canal, pipeline, tunnel, pumping, lake, and reservoir system that moves naturally desalinated typhoon rain water from the east and south coasts and sends it to the north, center, and west. China stocks the canals, lakes, and reservoirs with fish for aquaculture. Floods in the east and south have become manageable, and irrigation raises food production in the north, center, and west. The plan should last through 2020 with modifications through 2025, and China will become a major producer of the world’s food. In 2011, China began a $1.7 trillion, 22 point, 5 year ($340 billion per year) plan to combat pollution that China will extend in 2016, so pollution will not hinder China’s food production as the anti-pollution measures work and are adjusted for improvements. Global Warming also melts the Siberian tundra to raise Russia’s agriculture, aquaculture, poultry, and livestock in addition to timber, minerals, industry, oil, and gas. If the US does nothing, the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China and the FSR (KGB) in Russia will dominate or control the world’s food supply by 2020 to 2025.

I made a nearly identical comment on Reuters article about the US midwestern storms, blizzards, and snow, but this is something that the US should consider. China has huge cash reserves, industrial capacity, and trade relationships, and Russia has huge supplies of oil and gas to influence the world in their favor.

Feb 21, 2014 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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