A struggle to conserve water for fish and wildlife in California's northern water headquarters, this week, proved Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) stays firm set against depleting CAlifornia communities' water supplies. The Sacramento Bay Delta-San Joaquin Valley area San Diego gets a large share of its water supply from faces drought conditions that could set state water delivery agreements back. Water the fish and wildlife use needs replacement.
A bill proposed by the House representative from the farm lands in Fresno down to Bakersfield, in the southern watershed, David Valadao, would gurantee the water gets replaced. Without any water right a community has having to take a back share in the state's scarce water supply. When water gets diverted, or released, from the watershed that supplies water irrigation on farms, the state's water authorities would have to "strictly adhere to state water rights law."
Claims on water held since before the Central Valley water conservation project designed to preserve natural water habitat was begun in 1994 would take priority over the water transfers used to protect habitat water from coming short.
A Peters bill deal he staked on limiting the draws on drought water to the draws the state confirms does not "adversely affect communities' water supplies," was rejected by the House before the bill Pters voted against passed this week. San Diego, inthe middle of anther drought rain season the rainfall has stayed low, could have avoided any risks of losing state water.
Valadao says the reform of the Central Valley habitat protection is overdue. His reform offers a way out of water loss runs experienced during habitat transfers inthe past. Runs, he said, "severely curtailed water deliveries," and, flushed "hundreds of billions of gallons of badly needed water into the ocean."
Fish depend on the Senate votes on Central Valley Project the Emergency Water Delivery Act, the San DIego Republicans Duncant Hunter and Darrell Issa stay set on passing, would reform to scrape through the drought safe from habitat loss. Sudden changes inthe water inthe watershed, however, can put off the recovery from a lack of rain and limited state water suppy in San Diego.
THis is an On The Watch Take.