July 1— Rally For Water! Stop the Congress Created Dust Bowl


Take Action to Stop the Congress Created Dust Bowl

Have you seen the dead orchards down California’s Central Valley?  Have you heard the heartbreak?  Have you seen the signs?  Are you ready to do something about the government’s misuse of California’s water and the havoc it’s wreaking on the farmers and communities of this great state?

Find out more about the potential solution, the Two Gates Water Project.  Learn about the issue!  Have your voice heard.  This issue will affect you whether you’re a farmer, an environmentalist, or just a mom trying to get fresh fruit and vegetables into the family budget.

Come Join Us!  See this from GotWater.org

—Beetle Blogger

Rally for Water

At Fresno City Hall

ON July 1, 2009 the California Latino Water Coalition is planning a rally for water at Fresno City Hall.  Assembling at 11am on P Street between Fresno and Tulare Streets in downtown Fresno.

Where:  P Street between Fresno and Tulare streets in Downtown Fresno

With Delta pumping remaining curtailed because of the Delta smelt court rulings
and a new “biological opinion” under the Endangered Species Act promising
to make things even worse in the valley and state, it’s time to again raise
signs and voices. The California Latino Water Coalition invites you to join farm
workers, farmers, business people, family members, elected officials and other
fellow Californians for a Rally For Water July 1, 2009. With unemployment
and social and economic damage on the increase, this latest National
Marine Fisheries Service ESA protection plan for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon
and killer whales will hit and harm Central Valley Project and State Water
Project users alike and may well extend the massive CVP water supply and
farm production cutbacks from the West Side to the East Side. All of California
is certain to suffer more!

Angela Vega — (559) 488-3541
Shawn Coburn — (559) 696-7777
Ryan Ferguson — (559) 469-6804
Mario Santoyo — (559) 799-0701

See Flyer Here



  1. Yours Sincerely said,

    June 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Hear hear! Best wishes!

  2. Euripides said,

    June 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    California has mismanaged its water since I lived there 192 years ago. This newest is just ridiculous.

  3. beetlebabee said,

    June 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    and I thought you were from ancient Rome….

  4. Euripides said,

    June 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Originally from Greece, not Rome, but had to move after the Santorini volcano explosion. Wiped out the whole area for awhile. Wandered all over Europe until the New World was discovered, then there was no turning back.

  5. Eutychus said,

    June 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I just gave your blog the Honest Scrap award. For more details, see http://eutychusblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/honest-scrap-award.html

  6. beetlebabee said,

    June 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    So what color do green beetles blush?

  7. jeff bauer said,

    August 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    What is the gov. dong to get the water to the central valley? Are they all nuts? You can not let any more trees die due to legal mumbo jumbo. Give them back the h2o now.

    Dr. Jeff Bauer

  8. David said,

    October 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Maybe if the “farmers” would stop selling their water rights to municipalities for a profit then maybe there would be enough water for the large water demand crops such as almonds.

  9. beetlebabee said,

    October 6, 2009 at 8:18 am

    David, what evidence do you have that this is true? It’s the first I’ve heard of it.

  10. beetlebabee said,

    October 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Thanks PF. It appears that David is correct that some farmers decided to sell water to cities. While I do not know all the details of why, it’s obvious that if California regulation allowed the water to be sold instead of used, that’s their business. That’s certainly not the case for all farmers. The problem we’re discussing here is not about what those who were not using their water did. The issue is about the farmers that are growing crops to feed our nation. Cutting off water from the Central Valley has had dire consequences. It’s not like they can fix the problem by diverting water from cities back to farms. That’s not an option on the table.

  11. Coastal Granny said,

    October 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Just returned home from a road trip up thru the central valley. It was my introduction to the water loss by the agriculture community. How sad to see the barren fields where orchards, and vineyards flourished in the past.
    Somehow the cause of it escaped the news I watch or listen to. It’s a heart wrenching drive now.

  12. beetlebabee said,

    October 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Look it up on youtube, Hannity did an hour show on it twice now. So far, he’s one of the only ones to cover what’s going on here. I just made the trip again last week. More orchards are going now. It’s so sad. You can see one green branch here and there among them, so it’s obviously a recent development.

  13. Coastal Granny said,

    October 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I just spent some time with youtube and intend to spend some more getting acquainted with the issue. Thanks for the tip on finding info.

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