San Diego, CA
The "water education' grants sponsor a barrage of misinformation that has been locking Californians into acceptance of a wholly unnecessary service, water importation, for more than half a century.
The conflict of iterest is obvious when MWD and local water district managers perpetuate theiir jobs by fooling the public into believing that water importation is necesssary.
In fact this region receives more than ten times as much rainwater as it uses but spends billions yearly to dump this to the ocean. It would require less than a tenth the cost of stormdrains-dams-levees-import ation facilties-water rights purchase to guide as much rainwater to storage as needed by all households.
Competent teachers and wise parents would be helping their chidren discover true costs and benefits of managing rainwater wisely so that we do not see yet another generation of fools elected to continue mismanaging our rainfall.
San Diego, CA
EMWD sent a letter to the Editor stating that its water "meets and often exceeds all state and federal drinking water quality standards."
Should we be pleased to hear that most of the water we drink and bathe-swim in has "only" the maximum amount of toxic chemicals allowed by federal standards and the rest has less? This is not comforting. With thousands of different synthesized chemicals carried by imported water we can be certain of complex synergistic interactions with widespread evidence of negative impacts on animal life.
Exposing ourselves to these multiple compounds unnecessarily is nonsensical when we get far more pure rainfall that we use and can gain multiple benefits by saving it.(Eliminate flooding, erosion, creek pollution and water importation.)
EMWD has not posted information on the complex chemical compounds that can passing through our skin while bathing or swimming in the water it delivers.(Surprisingly, a low dosage of chemicals is more effectively absorbed that a highly concentrated one, making continued exposure to the known toxics in imported water a significant hazard.) Smart citizens will either elect better politicians or buy filters to remove that "maximum level" of toxic chemicals.
Of course it would be more sensible to make full use of our overabundant rain by complying with State laws that instruct our public servants to guide ALL stormwater into soils. But Riverside County's Flood Control Chief Engineers have invented every imaginable excuse to ignore exlicit instructions of the California Water Code. For unknown reasons they have not been replaced with experts willing and able to get this simple job done.
San Diego, CA
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 3:06 PM
Subject: CRWM Comment to RAC committee
An abbreviated summary of comments by members
of Citizens for Responsible Watershed Management:
- The process of formulating comprehensive watershed management plans for each river basin in San Diego and adjacent counties would provide a clear view of all planning options. This, then, would allow residents to understand land, water, energy and transit matters fully and therefore be able to participate effectively in this planning.
- The three California Resource Conservation Districts of this area were created and empowered for the specific purpose of managing land and water in the most equitable and cost-effective manner. RAC committee members could learn about this planning by accessing federal and state experts who would fully inform them and the general public of all costs and benefits.
- Diligent application of the ordinary, low-tech land planning methods recommended by these experts would accomplish proper management of land and water resources at less cost and with more public benefits than ongoing planning. The Best Management Practices of the USDA and the Low Impact Development of the USEPA can be implemented immediately by revising policies of local agencies to bring compliance with the letter and spirit of State statutes.
- CRWM comments posted on the UT online forum and several local TOPIX forums discuss various aspects of land/water/energy management. These are intricately interconnected and must therefore be dealt with as a package of planning options rather than as separate problems. The CRWM model comprehensive watershed management program for the Santa Margarita and other rivers was designed by federal and state experts with this feature a central focus. It may be viewed at the EMA-RCD office in Murrieta or in Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District files.
The problem most frequently cited in CRWM critiques of IRWM-RAC activity was the considerable size and complexity of its "Planning Study Recommendations for San Diego IRWM Program" and "Strategic Plan for the Future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM)". County and municipal employees pointed out that this "information overload" causes inattention that precludes thoughtful response. Put another way; Obviously excessive and/or irrelevant detail plus convoluted planning confuses and distracts RAC members so that critical issues get too little attention.
- Members of the RAC committee appear, collectively, deficient in levels of education and specialized training that would permit them to judge the matters in this list wisely by applying lessons of their life experience. Formally trained planners speak this language, the general public that pays their wage does not. Less verbiage would help committee members interact and input more effectively.
- The core element land/water resource planning advocated by USDA-NRCS experts is recognizing that rainwater managed from wherever it falls to its point of use becomes a valuable asset rather than a nuisance, a destructive force or a hazard. This "onsite retention" focus, explicitly prescribed by California Legislators in their original Water Code, is standard practice in major metropolitan areas, with the policies and practices that have been hugely successful in Fresno and Phoenix wholly applicable to our situation.
- The RAC committee cannot in good conscience contiue to ignore its obligation to present complete and accurate information to stakeholders so that they may make wise decisions in coming elections. Only in this way can ongoing planning be steered in the proper direction to produce the most cost-effective and publicly beneficial planning of water resource management.
James Marple for CRWM
San Diego, CA
The report that water delivered to 40,000 homes in
SW Riverside County is too polluted to bathe and
swim in is not "news", it's just a rminder that voters
got what they asked for; foolish and/or corrupt
politicians who cannot or will not adopt the simple,
free, more cost-effective tech federal experts offer.
These planning techniques provide plentiful pure
water, end flooding and avoid the huge upcoming
cost of purifying stormwater runoff while reducing
the cost of home construction and cutting the tax
Unfortunately it would also expose the deliberate
mismanagement that has kept residents so fearful
of an imagined water shortage that they keep
electing prominent citizens instead of sensible
concerned 'ordinary' homeowners.
The agents of land-water profiteers are a deadly
virus infecting every public forum; Online discussion
- Council meetings - workshops - hearings.
Their job it to keep concerned citizens from speaking
out , so that planning preferred by common criminals
posing as businessmen can be pushed through by
fooled, coerced or bribed politicians.
As long as Murrieta area citizens lack the concern
and courage to expose and refute the false premises
and distorted data a few of their neighbors promotem
the cancer of corruption will flourish, eating away at
the health-safety-welfare of 100,000 people who have
been too collectively meek, fearful or lazy to do what
must be done to protect their family's quality of life.
San Diego, CA
Why does Murrieta's water district manager spend money taken from customers to educate their kids about water supply? Don't he trust professional educators to inform these kids fully and fairly?
Fact is; MWD has kept students dumbed down for more than half a
century by providing its propaganda to teachers who are too naive to
realize that it is overloaded with false premises and distorted data.
That mass deception has produced voters who have no clue that
they live above an immense reservoir of pure water that would
supply all their needs at much less expense if they elect a majority
of capable, honest politicians for a change.
Cleverly Induced ignorance of simple truths is a lethal weapon.
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