CA Farmers Exempt from Water Conservation EO

From TPNN:

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Under a new executive order, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for overuse of the drought-ridden state’s water; the first time in history the entire state will have to abide by strict water restrictions. Brown announced the executive action Wednesday, aimed at reducing water usage by 25 percent across the state.

“This EO is requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” shower11

The order will be enforced by local water districts.  If people don’t comply with the new regulations,  they can be fined $500 a day. Districts can go to court to get a cease and desist order.

The water shortage is pitting factions against one another.  Farmers will largely be unaffected by the new emergency order.  Some suggest that is due to the heavy influence of big agricultural interests.  In an interview with Brown, ABC guest host Martha Raddatz pointed out, “More water is used for almond production than is used by all residents and businesses in San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.”

Brown countered by saying, “They’re not watering their lawn or taking long showers. They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America. And a significant part of the world.”

The execution action calls for replacing 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping; requires campuses, cemeteries, golf courses and other large landscapes to significantly cut water use; and it’ll bar new homes and developments from watering “ornamental” grass on public street medians.

However, wealthy homeowners are thus far unmoved by the restrictions, in spite of their prolific water usage. A UCLA study found wealthy neighborhoods use three times more water than other Southern California cities, mostly on outdoor irrigation.

Right now, Beverly Hills residents have only been asked to turn off decorative fountains and stop hosing down driveways “voluntarily.” But the wealthy enclave may soon look very different. The city  plans to cut private consumption through strict enforcement.

Researchers say California will need 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from this drought.


How are the water districts going to monitor this and keep up with who gets special allowances or not? This conservation program will be extremely difficult to enforce if not done across the board and in a fair manner, and it sounds like Brown is going to make a huge mess of this.

While allowing the farmers, who are the producers, extra watering privileges makes sense to some degree, I doubt the water districts are organized well enough to get a handle on this. It will create resentment between the farmers and the city dwellers, then there’s the issue of the rich people ignoring it because they can afford the fines.

We went through this locally a few years ago, and the well-off folks don’t mind the increased rates because their lawns & trees are more important than everyone else’s are. Do they have a clue they’re still lowering the water table, regardless of the rate? Doubtful.


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8 Responses to CA Farmers Exempt from Water Conservation EO

  1. CW says:

    I’m guessing that the state’s decision to exempt farmers has to do with trying to protect its tax revenue sources. I also think there’s probably a lot of relevant info that’s not captured in the story. In Colorado, for instance, farmers were limited to using non-primary sources of water, such as household runoff from showers, toilets, dishwashers, etc. If that’s true in CA as well, then the farmers are already facing severe cutbacks as people are forced to cut back on their use of water in the household, not to mention the absence of rain water.

    I also think the study about water use in wealthy areas needs some close analysis. Wealthier areas tend to have more green landscaping and more golf courses, so even watering at a minimum to keep costly plants alive probably requires much more water that other areas and the disparity may not be entirely owed to their frivolous waste of water. I’m not saying they should be entitled to use more than their share of water, just that extra usage doesn’t necessarily indicate that they aren’t making efforts to cutback.

    When we lived in CA I was always astonished that we never had water restrictions even though we would go from March through October with virtually no rain whatsoever. When I asked about this, I was told that because of problems experienced in a past drought, the Southern CA area where I lived had arranged to secure its water from other states and had a plentiful supply. So it could be that the suffering in CA is not equally distributed.

    • Kathy says:

      Much of CA has been living off other people’s water for a long time and that being the case, you’d think they’d have changed their thinking on landscaping, farming, etc to adapt to the desert that is CA. But noooo…

  2. Hardnox says:

    Delta Smelt fish meets frying pan.

    Dumbasses! This could have been prevented had the morons in charge bothered to plan for it. Instead of storing water for an ever growing population the released it instead. Further, they blew up dams. It’s impossible to fix stupid.

    I’m with CW. They are protecting the agri-businesses and the jobs for the revenues… at least for now.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly my point too. With some planning ahead, it didn’t have to get to this, but when you let the EPA and libs run things, this is what happens. Panic time and somebody has to bail them out…again.

  3. Clyde says:

    There is a tax levied on EVERY BOX of produce leaving California. NO WAY, even as stupid as Brown is, are they going to let THAT dry up. When will these stupid leftists realise a LOT of California is DESERT. And what are deserts ? DRY. Morons.I think Brown should have a “water cop” in front of EVERY frigging building in the leftist areas, especially Hollyweird and Beverly Hills. Fight stupidity with MORE stupidity.

    • Kathy says:

      Brown has to protect the farmers or CA loses too much revenue and they’re already broke, so he’s stuck. His problem is priorities – if he’d focused on the water shortage instead of building a train to nowhere, they might not be suffering from the drought.

      This turns neighbor against neighbor and everyone becomes the water police. If it works like it did here, they encourage folks to rat out people who are wasting water or watering on the wrong day. And there’s both good and bad in that.

  4. vonmesser says:

    Back in 1972 or so there was a guy in Los Angeles who replaced his front lawn with astro turf.

  5. Hardnox says:

    I just figured it out…

    The reason the railway is being built is to haul water into Southern CA.