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This file is a personal journal of commentary of examples of the Roanoke Times and Liberal Media Slant. lbhagen@aol.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

 

Brown And Obama: Water For The Delta Smelt – People And Food Not So Much

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Roanoke Times, 5-10-2015, Pg 4:  California Drought: Efforts can’t stop water cuts.  San Diego working on desalination and recycling – too little too late
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Mother Nature certainly practices diversity in the form of weather, temperature and climate variability!
Those who read Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” may reflect back on other big droughts in western history.
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Those on the east coast may remember NYC reservoirs in the Catskills being depleted to crisis levels.  At one point NYC drained the Ashokan reservoir to “Zero” to emphasize the water shortage.
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/res/div/ocp/drought/catskills.shtml
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However, none of the historical critical droughts were exacerbated by the Cities, States and Federal Governments like the current California Drought in which supposedly intelligent leaders have released massive amounts of reservoir water into the ocean to satisfy a totally inconsequential fish (to whit the Delta Smelt).
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California has been emptying their Reservoirs in the Middle of a Drought since 2009 as privileged fish species lord it over the endangered farmers, residents, and businesses.
http://spectator.org/articles/40982/emptying-reservoirs-middle-drought
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Congress has made some efforts to rectify the misdirected water diversions, so far to no avail:  Man-made drought
http://naturalresources.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5921
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Obama’s trip to the drought area was highlighted by his golf games on the many lush irrigated courses in southern Cal.  What a way to show good examples and leadership!
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/02/obama-water-drought-hypocrite.html
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The best quote of Obama’s trip:
"The federal government can't make it rain, but they can make it rain money," says Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. "
Lizzie And Obama The Rainman
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2014/02/lizzie-and-obama-rainman.html
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There is some irony in all this.  California has used or diverted essentially all the water from the rivers that flow into Mexico.  I stood on the bridge over the Rio Grande in 1961 and watched children walking in a river too shallow for swimming (and that was before the ever so popular manmade global warming).  California population has increased from 20 million to 40 million during that time. Perhaps there is some “comeuppance” in the current crisis.
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Roanoke is yet another example of how government water actions can be very misdirected.  Roanoke spent $65 million taxpayer dollars for Roanoke Riverbank Beautification that they called Flood Control.  But it’s not flood control because of the Snail Darters and Log Perch in the River.  Has any Roanokers ever seen either of these fingerlings?  They certainly have seen many floods and will see lots more going forward!
Roanoke River $65 Million Flood Control At Work
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2015/03/roanoke-river-65-million-flood-control.html
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Roanoke Flood Insurance High Because Of Floods!
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/flood-control.html
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