I posted this the last time this issue presented itself. It's slightly dated but still gives a fair perspective to the situation from both sides.
Water Shortage Wilts Calif.'s San Joaquin Valley - Newsweek
Very good article, actually shows both sides of the story quite well and show that there is more than is shown in the news report and the OP. It shows that there is and has been quite a struggle in resource management between northern and southern California, and is being exacerbated by a three year long drought. On top of that, shows that it's not "all about the fish" as the OP and video state. It's a bad situation, but it's not as simple as "let's cut off the farmers to save the fish" In fact, it's more about keeping an ecosystem in place that is trying to balance both agriculture and marine life (mainly salmon).But Barry Nelson, the Natural Resources Defense Council advocate behind the fish lawsuits, says the fish vs. people argument is nonsense. Even after three years of drought, the Central Valley Project (CVP) is still making half of its water deliveries to farms in the valley. Westlands just isn't getting that water. "There's a myth in the valley about the delta smelt, and it's really a tragedy," he says. "I don't mean for a moment to suggest that those small communities on the west side aren't seeing impacts; they are. They're seeing the impact of drought, and those impacts are real and they're hard." Nelson contends that the fish aren't the problem; it's the way the system is set up. Just adjacent to Westlands, he says, four other contractors are getting a full 100 percent of their water allocation this year, despite the drought. And while Westlands has adopted some of the most water-efficient irrigation methods in the business, other farmers in the valley with senior water rights are under no pressure to conserve. The result is a patchwork valley, where a Westlands farmer like Mark Borba is forced to fallow land while his neighbor has excess water that he can sell at a hefty profit. Buying that excess and pumping water from underground is sustainable to a point, says Borba. But the expenses—and the poor quality of the underground water—would drive the business into the ground in the long term.
Again, this is a really tricky situation as it would involve and effect a lot of people on both sides of the issue, but I don't think it's as heartless as it is being made to seem.
Ag Alert - Policymakers, farmers ponder smelt decision
Fallout continues from the Aug. 31 federal court decision aimed at protecting delta smelt as farmers and politicians try to translate what the ruling means for agriculture and the state. The judge's order changes the way water is exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and could end up reducing water supplies for farms and homes by 2 million acre-feet a year.
Catawa is my favorite bleeding heart liberal.
Also, I am not trying to tell you what to believe. I do, however, wish that you would read the article posted above in full before making any more decisions on your position. The article linked in the OP of this thread is just far too limited in scope to give a reader ANY idea what is going on.