No, Farmers Don't Use 80% of California's Water

As the San Joaquin Valley undergoes its third decade of government-induced water shortages, the media suddenly took notice of the California water crisis after Governor Jerry Brown announced statewide water restrictions. In much of the coverage, supposedly powerful farmers were blamed for contributing to the problem by using too much water. Not surprisingly, the media reports are widely inaccurate.

Amazing Speech by President John F. Kennedy on California Water

Here is President John Kennedy in 1962 presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for San Luis Reservoir, a joint state/federal reservoir near Los Banos, California. President Kennedy highlights the importance of water conservation and development and the spirit of cooperation that made California water development possible.