On Monday, President Trump renewed his call to California Governor Jerry Brown to stop diverting water into the Pacific Ocean.

Trump tweeted:

Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water – Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.

The president had made a similar statement on Sunday, tweeting:

California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!

The Huffington Post responded on Sunday by stating: It’s unclear what the president meant by water “diverted” into the Pacific. California allocates water among residents, agricultural and industrial use, and for wetlands and wildlife, including water mandated to protect endangered species. But state waters eventually drain into the ocean. As one tweeter responded: “Water running into the Pacific Ocean is called a river.” And firefighters haven’t complained of a lack of water for battling the blazes.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reported on Trump’s tweet about water in California: Asked whether firefighters at the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires are short on water, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynette Round replied, “Not that I’m aware of. … but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”

The Los Angeles Times also condemned the president’s tweet, in a report on Monday:

Let’s take Trump’s misconceptions in order. The likeliest explanation for his take on water is that he’s confused by the demands for more irrigation water he’s hearing from Republican officeholders in the Central Valley. They’re the people who grouse about water being “wasted” by being diverted to the ocean, rather than into their fields.

Their demands have nothing to do with the availability of water for firefighting. Fire agencies haven’t been complaining about a lack of water, especially water “diverted” to the Pacific. Major reservoirs are near the worst fire zones; the Carr fire is near Lake Shasta and Whiskeytown Lake and the Mendocino Complex fire is near Clear Lake. All are at or near their historical levels.

“There have been no issues getting water from them,” Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, told me.

Cal Fire, which is managing the wildfire battle, has deployed some 200 water tenders to the fire zone and is dispatching air tankers as flying conditions permit.

“The idea that there isn’t enough water is the craziest thing in the world,” says Peter Gleick, president emeritus of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland. “There’s absolutely no shortage.”

However, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills in May to set permanent overall targets for indoor and outdoor water consumption.

“In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely,” Brown said in a statement. “We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”

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  1. It is true what President Trump says about the water…………Many of us left California because of the senseless decisions being made…cut farming for a 2 inch fish…………you only get so many gallons of water due to “the lack there of” …..no more clear cutting around your property to facilitate saving your home from a fire.

    The leadership in California will only care about these rules they have made if they…THEY are effected….THEY are the special people don’t you know !!!!!

    And this is only the TIP of the ICEBERG these people have done to one of the most beautiful states in this country….DISGUSTING………..

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