California Farm Water
If you like food, the water you drink and your job you need to sign this petition. We the Farmers pay every year for water shares to irrigate are crops, this year we where told to pay for the water and we would be delivered no water. Most of this could be resolved by easing the restrictions out of the delta and allowing the pumps to run, pumping out of the aqueduct. But corporate money and environmentalist have decidedthat a fish called the delta smelt is more important than us humans and our food. The state allows all over flow water to run to the ocean and will not allow the farmers to store the excess in wet years. The likes of Los Angles, San Diego, and San Francisco Take vital water from the farmers.
"The Central Valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. More than 230 crops are grown there. On less than 1 percent of the total farmland in the United States, the Central Valley produces 8 percent of the nation’s agricultural output by value: 17 billion USD in 2002. Its agricultural productivity relies on irrigation from both surface water diversions and groundwater pumping from wells. About one-sixth of the irrigated land in the U.S. is in the Central Valley.
Virtually all non-tropical crops are grown in the Central Valley, which is the primary source for a number of food products throughout the United States, including tomatoes, almonds, grapes, cotton, apricots, and asparagus.
There are 6,000 almond growers that produce more than 600 million pounds a year, about 70 percent of the world's supply.
The top four counties in agricultural sales in the U.S. are in the Central Valley (2007 Data). They are Fresno County (#1 with $3.731 billion in sales), Tulare County (#2 with $3.335 billion), Kern County (#3 with $3.204), and Merced County (#4 with $2.330 billion.
Early farming was concentrated close to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where the water table was high year round and water transport more readily available, but subsequent irrigation projects have brought many more parts of the valley into productive use. For example, the Central Valley Project was formed in 1935 to redistribute and store water for agricultural and municipal purposes with dams and canals. The even larger California State Water Project was formed in the 1950s and construction continued throughout the following decade"
"The Los Angeles Aqueduct: Owned and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Los Angeles Aqueduct supplies a portion of the water needed to supply the residents and businesses in its 465 square mile service area. The Los Angeles Aqueduct system brings water 338 miles from the Mono Basin and 233 miles from the Owens Valley by gravity to Los Angeles. Find out more about the Los Angeles Aqueduct by clicking here.
The Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: With its watershed located nearly entirely within Yosemite National Park, the Hetch Hetchy system delivers about 265,000 acre-feet of pristine Sierra Nevada water per year, providing for about 80% of urban uses for San Francisco, as well as parts of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. Find out more about the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct by clicking here.
The Mokelumne Aqueduct: The East Bay Municipal Utilities District draws water from the Mokelumne River and transports it 91 miles from the Sierra Nevada through three steel pipeline aqueducts to serve its customers in the East Bay Area. The Mokelumne Aqueduct provides 90% of the water served by East Bay Municipal Utilities District. Find out more about the Mokelumne Aqueduct by clicking here.
The Colorado River: Spanning 1,440 miles from Wyoming to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River is the principal water resource for California and six other states, Indian tribes and parts of Mexico. Yet the river has been plagued by drought, climate change, and increasing demand from continued population growth. Find out more about California and the Colorado River by clicking here."
We lose are water to these big cities and San Francisco one of the environmental hot beds takes it water from one of are ninth wonders of the world. Yet the farmer that feeds us gets looked over. These cities should be looking at refining ocean water. Folks food does not come from the store our your fridge, it comes from us farmers., It grows in the dirt, were water flows.
100,000 signatures and the white house has to look at this and respond to it. Please this is peoples lives, you life. Agriculture is the heart beat of America don't let are crooked California Senators make this decision for us.