California Water Crisis
The saga of water wars are escalating, and California is ranking pretty darn high among them. Water wars are found not just in places of the United States, but India and Africa. Water wars occur due to lack of groundwater levels not being replenished as quickly as groundwater is removed. In nature, a balance between what is consumed and what is removed relies on a “coexists” way of thinking - man and all elements of nature. It appears that California is going to become a huge causality of the water wars that could affect the rest of the United States.
It is no secret that California grows a vast majority of the fresh foods, fruits, almonds and vegetables, for the United States. This year alone ground water levels have sunk further than ever before for California. The extensive farming fields on California rely heavily on the pumping of deltas and groundwater to get to the farmers for crop productions. This year residents believe that preservation projects in California are to blame for the water wars occurring and politics are involved.
The politics of groundwater are two folded. The first political issue comes in the form of supply and demand of a population. The state also maintains conservation projects for species found in the water. The food that comes out of the water (whether it is polluted or not) is various kinds of fish. Fish is of course another part of the local-food supply. The second political issue comes in the form of conservation and preservation of endangered species and protected lands. These are federal legislation/regulation actions.
The political issue California has been facing for an overwhelming number of years has been to make everyone happy with legislation to maintain “their cake and eat it too,” without addressing future issues. The future issues of groundwater issues are here now for the state to address; however, there is no concrete action plan for securely growing HALF the food for the United States.Continued on the next page