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The State Water Project and the Canals heading to Southern California have changed the way water in the North is being doled out to consumers.
The Delta (where I live) is the next target for pulling water and the State wants to put further pressure on the Sacramento and American Rivers dam Folsom (this only if needed). The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will spend close to $30 billion on new tunnels further creating a “demand-pull” for water usage down South.
Southern California has interesting demand patterns, for example, the golf tourism in the fucking desert, Palm Springs, uses more water than some of the heavily agricultural counties in the Central Valley (even the deserted areas of Bakersfield where we force-grow food).
We need to consider the economic formula of using water for export based agricultural and year-round agriculture like almonds.