Epa Questionable

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Editor:

Do we really need the EPA?

We don’t need the present one that’s for sure. It has become a tool for administration’s politics for one thing, it creates job loss and numerous problems. I’ll explain what I am talking about.

Some of the most productive farmland in the world is going fallow thanks to a manmade water shortage by the EPA and friends.

The Central Valley in California produces half of America’s fruits and vegetables; more than 98 percent of almonds, pistachios and walnuts, a third of U.S. dairy exports and most of our wines.

Turning the land fallow came about because of a simple 3-inch smelt fish and endangerment to the elderberry beetle that lives in the bushes. The EPA claims water pumping killed the smelt. The pumps pump the water from the delta area over the mountain to the farms and towns on the other side of the east-west mountain chain.

For the past seven years, federal regulations have been flushing hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water from the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta into the San Francisco Bay on the premise of protecting the 3-inch smelt.

The San Joaquin farmers haven’t received 100 percent of their contractual water allocations from the Central Valley Project since 2006 — they only received 45 percent of the water they were due in 2010.

Once again the EPA area environmentalists won out over the farmers and their migrant workers.

Ed Welge

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