While us Californians are in the middle of a big drought , fingers are pointing everywhere but where they should be pointing. La and all cities south are often sited by north stater's as culprit that is part of the problem. But when you consider that 80% of California water is used for agriculture purposes. Arguments that we should not be growing things in a desert kinda dim when you consider how much of the countries produce is grown here.
I do have a problem with the large corporations that have bought up huge tracts of land and commenced to plant thousands of acres of nut trees effectively edging out small family farms that had been growing nut trees for a long time. In my 30 some year in California I have seen thousands of acres of row crops get planted with some kind of trees and worst of all way too many acres of grapes.
But the real problem lies with who owns the water and how they got to own it. I spent 20 years or so running the Central Valley Project that along with the State system DWR delivers much of Ca water. Never have I heard in all the years that a lot of ground water was owned by corporations and a selected few wealthy few. A lot of the facilities they now own were built by tax dollars and thru all kinda of back door deals ended up in their hands.
Those interested in California water should read an old book titled Cadillac Desert that at it's writing the author came down pretty hard on the water systems and how they came into being. I will freely admit that a lot of shady deals were conducted throughout the building of the system. Never the less it is hard to ignore the benefit of growing in the desert and feeding the nation.. Even the writer mentioned changed his mind on the worth of the projects. Still today there are those who sing the tired old song it's our water and they are stealing it. They are , but not the one's people are talking about.
WATER IS THE NEW OIL!
What in the 80's was one of the favorite tricks of World Bank and IMF loans was the privatizing of public utilities in Latin America, water works being a favorite. After privatization they raised the prices till the poor and not so poor could not afford it. Check out what they did to much of Latin America and can see what they planned for us.
Now it's big banks and wealthy individuals buy up public utilities , water , roads, electrical systems and even lowly parking meters. Looking at it as the new oil casts a different light on what is happening throughout the world. Kinda makes you wonder the same bunch says they don't believe in Global Warming but are buying up all the water they can get their hands on. The same bunch that brought you banks to big to fail now bring you water you can't afford.
How we stop this from happening is a very big question. Money talks and bullshit walks is truer today then it ever has been. When states make the collecting of rain water a crime you know that there is evil lurking in the shadows.
YOU THINK THE DAYS ARE COMING WHEN A BUCK A BOTTLE FOR WATER WILL BE A GOOD DEAL. Geez I hope not.