How California farmers deal with drought

As California’s drought becomes more severe it is forcing farmers to make tradeoffs in terms of the crops they grow and how much volume they can accommodate. CBS Sacramento hi lights one Stanislaus County farmer named Paul Wenger who is uprooting walnut trees that have been on his farm for over 27 years. This being done to give the younger trees on his property the ability to grow.

While a new water well is in the midst of being drilled, Wenger states walnut trees have to stay hydrated or their product can go bad making them unmarketable. He regrets having to tear down the older trees, but even though he has to destroy ten percent of his fields due to the restricted water supply, it is not bad compared to other farmers who have had to raze their fields at rates even higher.

While California’s drought is no different than droughts of the past, the restricted water supply the state must contend with did not have to occur at all had environmentalists not obstructed the means of which to build more infrastructure to accommodate more water. For example, back in 2009 a plan was proposed that would have been expanded and improved the state’s water supply. When it was made public and the funding mechanism via bonds was revealed, environmentalist groups expressed strong opposition to it. The Los Angeles Times reported that:

Sierra Club officials, concerned about the environmental effects of dam and reservoir construction, expressed doubts. “This looks like more of the same, more money for storage that is unneeded,” said Jim Metropulos, a senior advocate with the group.

Last year Senator Dianne Feinstein complained about the green’s rebuke of her plan to fund infrastructure for the state. The best response groups like the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) could come up with was Feinstein’s plan would negatively affect water recycling, rain capture and water efficiency. I wonder how any of them would feel comfortable drinking their water knowing it was recycled sewage.

For over thirty years, environmentalist groups have been steadfast in their opposition to upgrading California’s water delivery infrastructure that affects major cities like Los Angeles and industries like farming. Environmentalist support of proposals like conservation and water recycling is a front not only for their opposition to enhanced water delivery (not just in California but elsewhere too) but also demonstrates one other way they express their nihilistic, vicious hostility to human beings. What better way to rid the planet of more humans by affecting the substance that we use to keep ourselves hydrated.