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house Bill H.R. 2898

Should There Be Increased Flexibility for Water Management in Dealing With the Drought in the Western States?

Argument in favor

More needs to be done to increase the availability of water for irrigation in drought-affected areas of the Western U.S. This includes finding ways to maximize the use of existing water projects, while protecting water rights and making it easier to build needed dams and reservoirs.

josephlacko's Opinion
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07/16/2015
The Delta Smelt situation is ridiculous. The State of California needs to reprioritize its needs and the Smelt should be put at risk before the nations food supply is.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/15/2015
Increase the so called flexibility by turning off the spigot that dumps enormous quantities of freshwater runoff straight into San Fransicko Bay to coddle the ecofreaks and their delta minnows.
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Aidan-WC's Opinion
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04/21/2016
We must contain a flexible plan all over our nation to prioritize properly accomplishing that every state,region, and city receives the water they deserve. If we have a more flexible balance in water management in western states our government and the water industry would be promoting more green in the deserts and encouraging an abundance of water supply to nourish ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. Any agricultural contribution to the environment would greatly influence the fact that all Americans are receiving the necessary water supply.
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Argument opposed

This legislation jeopardizes environmental protections for threatened species like the nearly extinct Delta Smelt — which cannot survive increased use of water for irrigation. Consolidating environmental reviews and permits will reduce the amount public input on proposed projects.

StephenHooper's Opinion
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07/15/2015
Water deregulation? Wtf? Did nestlee sponsor this bill?
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joshualogancook's Opinion
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07/16/2015
There is a finite amount of fresh water available. shunting more of it to satisfy our in efficient methods only alleviates us in the short term whole causing long term disasters such as drained aquifers and loss of habitat.
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Daniel's Opinion
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07/15/2015
If farming is no longer viable in a region, then logic would suggest that the farm be moved to a more suitable area. Attempting to irrigate the Sahara is the definition of stupidity.
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    The Delta Smelt situation is ridiculous. The State of California needs to reprioritize its needs and the Smelt should be put at risk before the nations food supply is.
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    Water deregulation? Wtf? Did nestlee sponsor this bill?
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    Increase the so called flexibility by turning off the spigot that dumps enormous quantities of freshwater runoff straight into San Fransicko Bay to coddle the ecofreaks and their delta minnows.
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    There is a finite amount of fresh water available. shunting more of it to satisfy our in efficient methods only alleviates us in the short term whole causing long term disasters such as drained aquifers and loss of habitat.
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    If farming is no longer viable in a region, then logic would suggest that the farm be moved to a more suitable area. Attempting to irrigate the Sahara is the definition of stupidity.
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    We must contain a flexible plan all over our nation to prioritize properly accomplishing that every state,region, and city receives the water they deserve. If we have a more flexible balance in water management in western states our government and the water industry would be promoting more green in the deserts and encouraging an abundance of water supply to nourish ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. Any agricultural contribution to the environment would greatly influence the fact that all Americans are receiving the necessary water supply.
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    People take priority over small ecosystems,
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    Shut down nestle water bottling it would save water for crops bottling can be done in other states
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    I live in the Central Valley. Our Rivers are dry, our wells are drying up, we have had not enough rain water to replenish the water used just to live. Most of our water goes to LA or The SF area. Fish are the priority for California instead of farmers or tax paying citizens. We are being chocked out and will have little or no water at all. While other states flood and have an excess of water we have none. While we just got 10 ft of snow in our mountains with the next rain the water will melt that snow. They are sending that runoff into the ocean instead of filling out rivers back up and replenishing our groundwater. When is human life going to be a priority for California?
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    Keep the environmental nut jobs out of it! Washington is to blame for thousands of lost jobs in CA alone due to water restrictions.
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    Inter basin transfer and allocation allotment must be carefully considered in any water use program, especially in water use from groundwater and surface water bodies to prevent aquatic species extinction and irreparable water resource depletion.
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    Golf courses and green plush lawns do not take priority over water people need to drink and bathe their children. Rich water is not better than poor water.
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    NOT AS LONG AS CALIFORINA LETS 1/3 OF ALL DRINKABLE WATER RUN OFF INTO THE OCEAN FOR A 2" FISH NO ONE CAN EAT. THEY DESERVE TO GO THRISTY!
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    Sites reservoir is a must in order for the drought to ever end.
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    Federal government should NEVER be in the position of legislating for the benefit any one state - that is not its role. Abolish the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Fish & Wildlife - there is no Constitutional basis for these bureaucracies, and their purview should be left to the States. Our government's $18+ trillion debt should be foremost in the minds of our representatives, along with the question, "How can we fix this now". Start by limiting government to its Constitutional foundation, and leaving the rest to the States.
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    Water contracts should be flexible and modifiable in years of drought. Northern California supplies Southern California with water via the California Aqueduct and it's not right to see Pyramid Lake north of LA full of water that drained Northern California rivers, lakes and dams such as Folsom Lake. Folsom Lake got so low last year due to water contracts for Southern California that to supply local and regional water needs they had to use pumps to siphon water out of the muddy dregs of the lake. That shouldn't be allowed to happen, there should be a right to emergency renegotiation to preserve local water rights. I saw the water levels of each of these reservoirs this past year and it illustrated how urgent the need for change is to the way multi-year water contracts are negotiated so they can be renegotiated to balance the needs of all customers in times of drought.
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    To save water you need to stop wasting so much of it on cattle!!!!
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    Growing anything in the desert is a foolish plan and unnatural and unsustainable on the level it has grown to. Don't support stupid.
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    Agriculture in what should be a desert will always be unsustainable. Stop wasting resources trying to keep a desert green.
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    Just build a salination plalnt like they have in Arabia. Problem solved.
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