In addition the Delta Agriculture supports nearly 23,000 jobs.
Then there are the Delta's recreation and tourism businesses that support 2,700 jobs. In addition the Delta recreation and tourism businesses "generates" and additional 4,900 jobs.
I looked at the transcript of McClintock's April 11,2011 Oversight Field Hearing on Jobs. Contra Costa County Supervisor, Mary Piepho testified that Delta Farmers employ 200,000 jobs.
San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association President, Larry Collins testified that the lack of water has already cost the fishing industry 23,000 jobs. If they get a flow of fresh water back so the salmon can come back that would create 94,000 jobs.
Westlands Water District's General Manager, Thomas Birnimgham, testified that for every 800 acres in production it would produce three farm worker jobs. Because Westlands fallowed 200,000 acres, they missed employing 750 farm laborer jobs.
I'm not saying that farm labor jobs aren't legitimate. I have worked along farm laborers, and I couldn't keep up with them. Their pay is ridiculously low, horrible working conditions, and never knowing if they are working from one week to the next.
Where fishermen and delta farmers are business owners, employers and provide support to their communities.
Compare 750 lost farm labor jobs to the thousands of jobs lost when fresh water creeps up deeper in the delta because so much fresh water is sucked up and sent to farmers down south. How does that make any sense?