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Water Restrictions on Farmers

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Figure 3. San Joaquin Valley (i.huffpost.com)
Is restricting water to farmers going to save more water?
CLASS: SOC 100
INSTRUCTOR: SIRI SHANKAR-ANDERSON


TEAM E
History of the State Water Control Board -Ben
Study on Public Opinion - Theresa
Survey Outcome
& Conclusion - David
Introduction to the San Joaquin Valley - Jon
PRODUCES NEARLY HALF OF US GROWN FRUITS, NUTS & VEGETABLES
FOOD SOURCE OF AMERICA
According to the USGS Online Publications Library (2012)
NO
Figure 8. Agriculture. (co.fresno.ca.us)
"California ranks as the largest agricultural producing state in the nation"
So whats the problem ?
Figure 1. Farmhouse (cutcaster.com)
Figure 2. Water is Life (host.nacdnet.org)
Figure 4. Valley Vineyards (i.huffpost.com)
Figure 5. Farming Tractor (i.huffpost.com)
Figure 6. Valley Farm Workers (i.huffpost.com)
Figure 7. Semi Trucks (i.huffpost.com)
www......
UOP Library.....
GOOGLE
Figure 9. California Environmental Control Agency. (www.waterboards.ca.gov)
Water Commission Act
Water board was born giving
responsibility and power over
California waterways
Dickey Act
Created the Water Pollution
Control Board, which divided
the state into 9 regions
1.75 Billion allocated for the
State Water Project
The Canal is born
1900
2014
Burns Porter Act
Reasonable & Beneficial Use Doctrine
California Constitution amended
to require that all water use
be reasonable and beneficial
Central Valley Act
Authorized a major state water
project called the Central Valley
Project
1913
1933
1928
1949
1959
State Water Resources Control Board
Current board used today.
Controls both water rights
and water quality.
(formerly regulated by two depts.)

1967
Provides policy direction for the use
and control of the Bay-Delta
water ways.
Bay-Delta Authority Act
2003
Farmers file legislation together
to gain some rights & control
UNSUCCESSFUL
So how does the general public feel ?
What is the history of water control ?
So who controls the water ?
Is restricting water to farmers going to
save more water ?

Figure 10. Cartoon Characters. (illustrationsof.com)
Hey lets do a
SURVEY !
majority between 30 - 39 years old
84% over 10 years - one respondent 72 years
Survey given to Fresno general public
80% had knowledge
NOT HAPPY !
GOVERNMENT WANTS CONTROL
NO FAITH IN GOVERNMENT
75% of respondents had restrictions
NO WATER... NO FOOD... NO WORK...
50% responded correctly
STOP sending water to L.A.
Regulate residential & public use
with fines for abuse
Additional dams & reservoirs
for additional storage
GOVERNMENT STAY OUT OF IT !
48%
42%
10%
67% thought it was NOT useful
76% thought it definitely won't
SO WHAT WOULD SAVE WATER ?
FINAL SURVEY QUESTION
In your opinion, what would save water locally?
Fresno respondents say...
Need more rain
unpredictable and unmanageable
Stay out of farmers business
& water flow naturally
need regulations to avoid greed
Public & Residential Changes
grass & landscaping
that doesn't require
as much water to grow
ideas that could work
Fresno respondents
Enforcing Current Regulations
Accountability on
citizens and government
agencies violating
regulations already in
place
Additional Dams & Reservoirs
Not as many dams & reservoirs locally then other areas of the country
Farming water containment areas
The bottom line from the study is...
Restricting water to farmers
WILL NOT
save more water

According to Truth in Action Ministries. (2012)


"Government officials in Sacramento and Washington D.C. who are responsible are looking at a small fish that they’re trying to save. In reality that fish is blocking the livelihood of literally hundreds of thousands of people here in this valley… stopping them from working".
(Government Regulations Save Minnows and Kill Jobs, para.11)
so what does that mean ?
Figure 11. Drought (freereplubic.com)
Figure 12. Kern sign (freereplubic.com)
Figure 13. Desert Landscaping (cdn.blogs.sheknows.com)
Figure 14. Roeding Park (3.bp.blogspot.com)
Figure 15. Dam (boomcalifornia.com)
Figure 16. Delta Smelt (sacbee.com)
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS
Figure 17. Dust Bowl (freereplubic.com)
Figure 18. Fish (freereplubic.com)
Figure 19. Water Jobs (freereplubic.com)
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