Something’s got to give. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been in decline for years and while everyone agrees something must be done, reaching agreement on what to do has been impossible, leading to years, even decades, of inaction.
Ineffective policy worsens drought
For years, regulators have taken away water from residents, farms and businesses in an attempt to protect endangered delta smelt and salmon. While the water losses to people (especially farmers and farmworkers) have been real and detrimental, the benefits of this water to the fish populations have been murky, at best.
In fact, as more water has been diverted to protect fish, delta smelt populations have continued to decline.
SAVE WATER – STOP EATING!
Looking at the water-footprint of particular crops can quickly lead to a slippery slope of logic. Activists and certain members of the media have lambasted some crops as “too water intensive” in an effort to push the blame of the drought on a particular plant, such as almonds, cotton or alfalfa.
What if they turned that focus on the consumer, rather than the farmer?
Let’s take a look at a classic American meal, a burger and fries.