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Old 07-01-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Battle over water heats up in drought-stricken California

Battle over water heats up in drought-stricken California
By Tracie Cone, Associated Press Writer

Battle over water heats up in drought-stricken California - USATODAY.com
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FRESNO, Calif. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar came to ground zero in the state's fight over dwindling water resources Sunday as agriculture and environmental interests have become increasingly polarized.

In Congress this week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, blamed farmers' woes on "government action to protect a three-inch minnow." And Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, countered coastal fishermen are suffering their third collapse of the salmon industry in four years because "science has been put aside for politics."

"It's do or die," said farmer Shawn Coburn, who said he lost a new $750,000 well this week because emergency groundwater pumping is depleting aquifers.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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They better start weighing why they are watering lawns. My BIL and SIL are watering their lawn to keep it greeeeeeeeeen and they're in CA. I keep asking them if it's worth it and they claim they don't want to stick out in their neighborhood as being the only people not watering their lawn. They have a swimming pool too. Whatever. Maybe somebody in a position of authority should think about banning water for lawns and swimming pools and a myriad of other non-essential water drains.
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