There is no drought in California, claims Donald Trump.
What. The. Fuck? For four years straight our snow pack was basically non-existent and our reservoirs were diminished to puddles. Yes, there’s no drought *now*, this very moment, because we had an extraordinary amount of rain and snow this year. But all indications are that drought is going to be back next year.
The other thing Donald Trump mentioned was those stupid little fish that keep the state from pumping water from the Sacramento Delta, claiming that this is why 50% of the flow of the Sacramento River ends up flowing out to sea. Well, yes, they keep the state from pumping water during the smelt’s mating season. But what keeps the state from pumping water the rest of the year, during low-flow years like last year, is the fact that the water inlets are in the Delta at basically sea level. Now, if there’s 500 gallons of water flowing in from upstream, and you pump 500 gallons of water out, what’s going to happen? Well. You’re going to end up with 250 gallons of fresh water and 250 gallons of salt water going into the pipe, because you’re going to be reversing the flow of the river and bringing in water from the (salt water) San Francisco Bay. This is because fresh water floats on top of salt water, thus you’ll get salt water intrusion underneath the fresh water.
And guess what: salt doesn’t do farmers any good. It *kills* crops, it doesn’t *sustain* crops. This is, in part, why Governor Moonbeam is trying to build those Delta tunnels so that the water inlets can be moved upstream, to well above sea level and thus well above the salt zone, in order to prevent the Delta from flowing backwards. Since the Delta is between upstream and the Central Valley where the water is needed, you have to get the water from point A to point B somehow. Thus the tunnels. Which Republicans like Trump are resolutely against, yet without which, you can’t move more water into the California Water Project because you’d be sucking in salt water.
So I don’t get it. Are the Republicans *for* being able to draw more water out of the Sacramento River and ship it downstate to thirsty farmers, or *against* being able to draw more water out of the Sacramento River and ship it downstate to thirsty farmers? Or maybe they just figure that, like King Canute, they can order the sea to cease its salt water infiltration during low-flow years. All it takes is a law, right? Like that North Carolina law that outlaws global warming, right?
– Badtux the Snarkily Baffled Penguin