Water wars and rule by tyranny: California’s city mobs plan takeover of rural water supplies

Monday, November 23, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, November 23, 2015

As drought continues to bake California, it is becoming apparent to more and more residents that the remaining water resources are held by a small number of mega-farmers who undoubtedly hold a great deal of sway over government officials given the enormity of the Golden State’s agriculture industry.

As reported by Bloomberg Business, just a handful of landowners – some 500 farms in total – control the rights to 3.1 million acre-feet a year of the critical resource that flows mostly from the Colorado River. That amount is equal to about one-third of all of the water that is used by California cities, home to 37 million people, where neighbors are squealing on neighbors who over-water their lawns.

As Bloomberg Business continued:

Or, to measure another way, it’s half again as much water as Governor Jerry Brown aims to save under his April executive order, which set a February 2016 deadline for a 25 percent reduction in urban use. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons (1.2 million liters) and can supply the household needs of about 10 people for a year, though actual water use rates vary widely.

Farmers in water-rich Imperial Valley know how precious the resource is and they realize that in order to preserve their livelihood – a way of life that extends back a century or more for many of them – they will have to deal with the needs of a state mired in a four-year drought.

Farmers will likely be given no choice

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