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Revealed: Astroturf Groups Planning Massive California Water Grab to Benefit Big Ag and SoCal

Posted By goopsgoops in Planning and Management

Their ultimate goals are to increase water exports from the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to corporate agribusiness and southern California.

The ruthlessness that corporate agribusiness and southern California water interests employed, through political bribery and thug-like tactics, to seize public trust water over the past century is well-documented in Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert and other books.

However, "big water" in California has refined and added an increasing sophistication to its strong arm tactics in the computer age by creating fake "Astroturf" organizations to deceive the public and promote its goals. The past few years have seen the creation of four "Astroturf" organizations -- Friends of the Delta, Families Protecting the Valley, the Latino Water Coalition and Coalition for a Sustainable Delta.

For those not aquainted with the term, "Astroturfing" is "an English-language euphemism referring to political, advertising, or public relations campaigns that are formally planned by an organization, but designed to mask its origins to create the impression of being spontaneous, popular 'grassroots' behavior. The term refers to AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass," according to Wikipedia.

Although their names are different, these four organizations represent the same San Joaquin Valley corporate agribusiness and southern California water agency interests that are trying to grab more Delta and northern California water. Their ultimate goals are to increase water exports from the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to corporate agribusiness and southern California by building a peripheral canal and more dams and to strip protections for Sacramento River chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species under the Endangered Species Act. http://www.alternet.org -

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