Viewpoints: State water issues won't wait for bond vote
Now that California lawmakers have pulled an $11 billion water bond measure off the November ballot, California is facing new questions about how to fix our long-standing water problems, including the long-term health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the future reliability of our water supply.
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#1 Sep 12, 2010
Real progress in dealing with water issues will not come about unless and until our elected representatives in Sacramento recognize that the old ways of doing things simply won’t work in a time of tight budgets and diminishing natural and financial resources. For starters, we must insure that the actual beneficiaries of water projects pay for them. That is the fundamental flaw with the stalled $11.14 billion water bond. It called for a General Obligation bond approach with bond repayment coming out of the General Fund, which is funded by tax dollars from all of us. Yet, most of the bond proceeds would have gone to fund a few projects that benefited just a few interests. That breeds inefficient use of the resultant water.
The next fundamental lesson that the politicians must learn is that all the major stakeholders must be involved in the negotiations leading to water legislation, and there must be complete transparency including well publicized public hearings. The negotiations leading to the $11.14 billion bond were held in secret with only a select few (not including representatives from the Delta) interests involved. In addition, as difficult as it might be, our “electeds” must learn to pass meaningful legislation with resorting to pork, even good pork, to attract votes.
#2 Sep 12, 2010
"Delta Smelt" are a welcome addition to any pizza.
They are tender on the palate and best of all do
not stick in a persons teeth.
#3 Sep 12, 2010
Here's the water report from the Monterey Bay and the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys...the former "salad bowl of America"...
I say "former salad bowl of America" because the "salad bowl" no longer has a sustainable water supply anymore...it's been pumped down below the level of the contiguous Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean and the ocean is flowing continuously in...
the ground water aquifers in the Monterey Bay, the region's only water, have been permanently ruined through decades of 200% well water overdrafting, 90% for ag exports, now primarily berries...
causing, according to the late Marc Reisner, author of "Cadillac Desert", speaking here in 1998...
the "worst salt water intrusion resource losses in the World" then...
and nothing has changed.
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