Theodore's World: Barack Obama Promises to Veto Bill That Will Provide Water To Central California Drought Region

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March 01, 2012

Barack Obama Promises to Veto Bill That Will Provide Water To Central California Drought Region

Barack Obama Promises to Veto Bill That Will Provide Water To Central California Drought Region

A federal judge ruled on in December 2010 that the liberal study that forced California officials to cutback on water to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta was based on faulty science.

Despite this Barack Obama said he would veto any Congressional bill that would “reverse the progress” (drought) in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1837, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act because the bill would unravel decades of work to forge consensus, solutions, and settlements that equitably address some of California’s most complex water challenges.

H.R. 1837 would undermine five years of collaboration between local, State, and Federal stakeholders to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan. It would codify 20-year old, outdated science as the basis for managing California’s water resources, resulting in inequitable treatment of one group of water users over another. And, contrary to 100 years of reclamation law that exhibits congressional deference to State water law, the bill would preempt California water law.

The bill also would reject the long-standing principle that beneficiaries should pay both the cost of developing water supplies and of mitigating any resulting development impacts, and would exacerbate current water shortages by repealing water pricing reforms that provide incentives for contractors to conserve water supplies.

Finally, H.R. 1837 would repeal the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, which the Congress enacted to resolve 18 years of contentious litigation. Repeal of the settlement agreement would likely result in the resumption of costly litigation, creating an uncertain future for river restoration and water delivery operations for all water users on the San Joaquin River.

The Administration strongly supports efforts to provide a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the overall quality of the Bay-Delta environment. The Administration has taken great strides toward achieving these co-equal goals through a coordinated Federal Action Plan, which has strengthened collaboration between Federal agencies and the State of California while achieving solid results. Unfortunately, H.R. 1837 would undermine these efforts and the progress that has been made. For this reason, were the Congress to pass H.R. 1837, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.


Wild Thing's comment......

The Central Valley is heavily Conservative, except for the cities with Universities in them (Fresno, Merced,…). It is like an isle of Conservatism in an ocean of liberalism.

More and more produce is being imported from Mexico and South America even to those in Calif. The libs prefer that our country import produce, instead of growing our own…and that’s what’s going on

The Central Valley are the Spartans, fighting the good fight against the evil libs! The libs have been effectively choking the life out of the conservatives .

Posted by Wild Thing at March 1, 2012 12:47 AM


Unbelievable. The San Joaquin Valley was so well known for the abundant produce that was grown there. I remember a documentary from a dozen or so years ago. I think it was called "The Lettuce Express". It was about how Central Calif. produce was harvested and put on trains for rapid delivery to the East Coast.

The destruction of this Calif. garden into a desert is a prime example of bad govt. and insane environmental politics.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at March 1, 2012 11:46 AM

Tom, that was so well said, thank you. I agree Tom, there is no excuse for this other then it it insane and an example of truly horribly bad government.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 2, 2012 02:27 AM

I live in the area. What the Watermelon Leftists ("Green" on the outside, pinko communist Red inside) have done to this state is something to behold.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at March 3, 2012 09:45 AM