Tapatio has got it right. So does BajaSportsMobile. Me? (Also a native Californian.) Read below and you decide.
I live maybe 200 feet from the Sacramento River. It has been running high for the past four months, for what I don't know. My wife water skis 3 to 4 times a week and we drive to and from work in Sacto. on the levee so we see how high the river is every day. They may say that they want to drain Folsom Lake, Lake Shasta, Lake Oroville etc. for the salmon spawning,* but puzzle me this:
Before there were dams,
And before there were levees,
Wasn't the Sacramento River only a trickle this time of year?
Of course it was. Because when the Sierra snow melts the rivers would flow, then at this time of year when there is no more snow in the Sierras to melt (and man made dams weren't yet built to collect and warehouse water from previously melted snow), the rivers stopped flowing and dried up. Period. So what did the salmon do then?
They time their spawning for when the water is naturally low. Go figure.
Man made dams and man made levees have done great things for salmon and other wildlife. It is just a fact. And I am a whitewater kayaker (and a former environmentalist). And a dam on a river means water for release in the Summer months for kayaking too. So all us animals win.
We don't have a drought in California, we have Gerry Brown as Governor. Look at Tapatio's drought index for 1976 and you will see there was a "drought" when he was Governor then too.
Now Brown wants to build intake tunnels into the Sacramento River in Northern California to divert it South 400 miles to Southern California.
The City of Sacramento conserved 21%-24% water usage over last year.** What Chumps they are!
Sacramento doesn't need to conserve! Sacramento doesn't need no stinkin' water meters! There are two dam controlled rivers that run through Sacto., the American and the Sacramento which actually confluence in Sacto. Sacto will never run out of water.
L.A. ("City of Angels what a friggin' misnomer that is) used 15-17% more
water this year than last year!** Pigs!
L.A. does not need this water. L.A. does not deserve
Look at Tapatio's graph and you will see that California does not have a "drought." To be sure, our rainfall varies wildly, and our storage could be improved.
But what California does have is a corrupt Governor who wants to pretend that California is in a crisis so he can build tunnels to steal Northern California water to send it to Southern California to reward his political contributors.
L.A. doesn't deserve this water! Desalinate you pigs!* (*What else would you call a 15%-17% increase
in water usage this year over last when everyone else is trying to conserve?)
* Environmentalism is unequivocally an emotional and mental disorder completely unhinged from the reality of the physical world.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jul ... districts/
— American Water Company Sacramento District (Sacramento County), down
— Sacramento Suburban Water District (Sacramento County), down
— City of San Juan Capistrano (Orange County), up
— City of Garden Grove (Orange County), up
— Rancho California Water District (Riverside County), up
— El Toro Water District (Orange County), up
— San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, up
— Vallecitos Water District (north of San Diego), up
— American Water Company Los Angeles District (Los Angeles County), up
— Water Service Company Palos Verdes (Los Angeles County), up
— City of Pasadena (Los Angeles County), up
Mark Twain once said of California, "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting."
Jack Nicholson once starred in a movie called "China Town" which is about when corrupt politicians stole the water from the Mono Lake watershed. It is happening again right before our eyes and the environmentalists are too mentally brainwashed to recognize it. Brown named his water stealing plan the "Bay Delta Conservation Plan" for a reason -- environmentalists love big government and love things with environmental sounding names. The "conservation" part of the plan consists of decomissioning some Northern California Delta farmland and turning it back to wetlands so that the same water that used to grow crops on that land can be shipped to the Southern California Westlands Water District to grow crops on that desert (d-e-s-e-r-t for Christ's sake!)
farmland. Go figure. Environmentalists are stupid and Brown knows it.