Friday, January 14, 2011

California Central Valley- #2556 - VIDEO: Federal Policies Failing the Central Valley - Hot Air

Federal Policies Failing the Central Valley - Hot Air - Reason TV gives a report on the problems plaguing California’s Central Valley, once a breadbasket to the world, and now a government-created basket case of dust, unemployment, poverty, and now starvation. The short documentary focuses on two federal policies that heavily impact the farming region, the first water policy and environmentalism, and the second immigration:California’s Central Valley is a 450 mile long stretch of flat and fertile land that produces much of the food that we enjoy every day. But the people in small towns like Mendota (the cantaloupe capital of the world) are suffering these days, in part due to two federal policies. In order to protect a threatened fish species called the Delta Smelt, much of the water that used to be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley is now allowed to flow into the ocean.  Read more........  Please read the entire article to understand the complexity of this issue regarding environmental policies that protect the Delta Smelt.

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