From the good fortunes decreed by the heavens, most journalists do not possess the aptitude of technological innovators and software engineers and thankfully for the sustainability of the remnants of sanity scattered through out society they never will, as the future dystopian wasteland governed by underachieving pseudo-intellectuals and involved spiritual orgies at sacred pub trivia nights will eliminate all industry and production of natural resources.
Thankfully, in real life, the herd of know-it-allism is confined to a very odd and public group of individuals and organizations that now face the necessary challenges of criticism and accountability, with the existence of the internet and the ability of previously ignored viable sources unveiled for the benefit of public consumption and open dialogue.
Since the inception of the environmental movement and subsequent aggressive funding protocol facilitated by George Soros to dozens of influential non- for- profit organizations and powerful lobbying groups, the water rights infrastructure in the state of California has taken on a shoddy persona and stigma of subversion and powered by false pretenses and blatant inaccuracies. Toss in the label of selected “threatened species” to the salad of discontent and the EPA is one crouton short of serving a pre-dinner bowl of all window dressing and no lettuce. Hopefully, Trump can truly limit the influence of the organization in issuing flawed policy in undermining the economics of farming and the processing of natural resources.
Of course the whole made for television controversy begins with a simple adjustment to the truth by all mainstream media outlets in reporting on how the 39 million residents of the state and farmers are attaining their drinking water, while inflicting dire environmental consequences. This sentiment is simply half-true, as 39 millions residents and farmers are receiving an adequate supply of water, however this where accuracy ends and the falsehoods pile up, like the stacks of hundred dollar bills in the coffers of the Sierra Club.
Shawn Pike, founder of Allwaterrights.com, eloquently and accurately explains the purposeful conjecture broadcast directly from biased newsrooms and organizations in misleading the public through half-baked ideas of drought and climate change. Here is his response to the wealth of news stories that conveniently misuse the term “water rights” and “average annual runoff”. The inaccurate applications of the terms simply serve an agenda while misleading readers and audiences.
“If we have the same reservoirs for storage, then no more can be stored. If there is half the runoff in a drought year, farmers, ranchers, cities, manufacturers, and other human users can still only capture and use a certain amount. Having no more plumbing – reservoirs and canals – means a lot of water is still going to be in streams, and making it to the Pacific Ocean. That’s “environmental” water for fisheries and other aquatic species.
If we have a record wet year, same thing. Humans can still only capture and use what the plumbing allows. A much higher percentage of water is available for non-human, environmental uses. Same Plumbing = Same Maximum Water Use, regardless of water rights.”
Pike explains that the number of “water rights” allocated in the state will always exceed the runoff or excess water that eventually ends up in the ocean to begin the evaporation and rain cycle again. Images of state reservoirs at low points paints an inaccurate picture of total supply as levels are continually adjusted on a seasonal basis and a “dry” year does not constitute a knee jerk reaction that the water apocalypse has been reached. The idea that there is not enough water to sustain human and commercial life in California is completely false and the media continually provides an erroneous definition in the concept of “water rights”, causes only confusion and consternation in the public and is ultimately damming as the legislature ultimately imposes needless limitations on the agricultural community. The web of regulations and policy pertaining to use by farmers and industry is now literally a tangled mess that can only be solved by innumerable hours allocated to the legal field and court room appearances.
The only real drought in California is the dearth of talented, sane and humorous people left in the dust bowl of Hollywood. Will the last one leaving please turn out the lights?
If you are California resident or concerned citizen, please take the time and effort to write Congress and ensure that this decaying situation cannot get any worse.