“Smelt-ing” Economic Force in a Dangerous Drought
If you’ve been watching the news, or live in California then you’ve undoubtedly heard of the great drought we are currently facing. Multi-generational farmers are referring to this phenomenon as a “150 year drought.” The crisis we are facing is like nothing we have ever seen. In other words, it’s the real deal, folks.
The high pressure system sitting in the West has created the driest year on record, and provided those in the East with one of the more brutal winters we have ever seen. It takes a special kind of winter to have Texans constantly posting snow-day photos, midwesterners beer’s freezing in the Bears stadium before they sit down, and East coasters conducting elementary school water evaporating experiments All. Winter. Long. This natural occurrence is not the only thing that can be attributed to our drought. What we are beginning to see are the effects of what can be called a “Green Drought.”
Part of this disaster is a direct effect of the illogical attempt to rehabilitate and protect a small fish known as the Delta smelt. Please take a look at the article below to learn much more about how this little fish has quickly become a foe to the agricultural industry in California.
Check out an article on the Delta smelt potential devastation here: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/369490/green-drought-charles-c-w-cooke
– J III