Demonize MWD ? Heaven forbid !

Demonize MWD ? Heaven forbid !

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james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Nov 14, 2012
Channel !0 reporters pointed out that poor management by MWD could cost each of us several cents a day. It seems appropriate to point out that the recent $16 billion water importation expansion of that agency gave us a bill of $6,000 per home to pay off because we did not expose and so prevent that gigantic fraud. Add in the billions our local water district spent in collusion with MWD and there is more than enough reason for our high rates, several dollars a day in total. We can't wish these costs away and lawsuits will only add to them because we will pay the lawyers on both sides.

Those costs would not have been run up if we had trusted what common sense told us about the absurdity of throwing away our rainwater and importing someone else's to replace it. The unpleasant truth is that we brought this disaster upon ourselves by electing nitwits and crooks. The good news is that if we face it we can fix it, avoiding additional projects and cutting the cost of water while complying with federal regulations so that we don't have to pay more than $8 billion more to prevent pollution.(That would be another $9,000-plus per household of debt toi pay off.)

Fixing this broken planning is not just possible, it would be easy because 67 years ago our Legislature ordered local officials to prevent flooding and pollution by storing ALL STORMWATER. We just have to push politicians into doing this. We see billions of gallons flow off each community even in small storms. 95% of our rainfall lost because Chief Engineers value their job security more than their professional ethics. Save 20% of that and the Army Corps of Engineers says we won't have any flooding, will have plenty of water, won't have significant water pollution, and will have a lot of happy environmentalists-surfers-camp ers.

If that new spokesperson is on the ball we'll see an outraged response to the suggestion that MWD is extorting our wealth with its pretense that importing water is necessary and proper.But more'n likely the new agent will be too busy misleading our politicians and editors to mess with us ordinary folk.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#2 Dec 11, 2012
MWD is not the cause of our high water costs and low supply, we are.

With present policies of our public works department 95% of the cubic mile of rainwater that falls on San Diego County annually is lost to evaporation or as floodwater to the ocean. The managers oi our agencies have been able to convince our politicians that this loss is inevitable, that guiding one gallon in ten of our rainfall to storage would cost too much, an absurd premise.

These politicians were not smart enough to see that our policies and ordinances forcing landowners to let rainwater run off their property are flagrant violations of the CA Water Code that instructs officials to "guide all or any stormwaters into soils of the District". Politicians were fooled by Professional Engineers into doing the exact opposite of State law just so they could enjoy the fat salaries and pensions they demanded,

The ridiculous waste of 600 billion gallons of rainwater yearly is not entirely the fault of those who voted for nitwits or crooks. Yes, politicians who can't be bought or coerced would have seen through the illusions of water shortage created by the clever professional liars managing our public agencies. But an equal amount of fault lies with those of us who were smart enough to recognize the monstrous scam in progress but too lazy to expose it to all voters.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#3 Jan 17, 2013
San Diego County politicians and news services are focused on blaming the "Mighty Metropolitan Water District" for our high cost of water. Yet County officials have committed us to paying three times as much for desalinated sea water. Meanwhile we dump 12 times as much free rainwater as our homes use to the ocean.

Fresno's engineers were smart enough to dig 120 basins throughout their city to hold ALL of their stormwater. Our engineers have not been able to save even 10% or our rainfall. City slopes are steeper but we have hundreds of canyons that need only small, cheap dirt dams to become reservoirs.

An example: Next time you drive by the Miramar air base notice the many empty canyons and picture small dams in them to store its 3 billion gallons of yearly runoff.(Enough for all the households in La Jolla)

Engineers of our USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are the world's best for planning this form of rainwater conservation. Our new Mayor and Congressman could make this happen immediately, saving us from paying the billion-dollar bill for Carlsbad's Desalination plant.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#4 Dec 22, 2013
San Diego's original settlers built 60+ small dams in Canyon of the Mira Mesa, Penasquitos, Poway,Miramar area, some with dams 40 feet high that trapped more rainwater than we now use and stored in as wellater.

But clever civil engineers corrupted by land developers persuaded our politicians to build drainage systems that dump all our rainwater to the ocean as floodwater.

The people we elect let these public servants feed them - and us - garbage information; false premises and outright lies in agency websites, planning documents and press releases.

Today's San Diego area land developers know how to make their sites percolate all rainwater to wellwaters and are willing to make each home produce as much energy as it uses. They realize that new homes should not burden old ones with the cost of importing more water and energy.

The California Water Code instructs our politicians to prevent the loss, waste or contamination of our rainwater. It is explicit, ordering them to guide "ALL OR ANY STORWATERS INTO SOIL OF THE DISTRICT". The SD City Council and County Supervisors are defying this instruction and costing us billions yearly.

Are they simply ignorant? Stupid? Or corrupt?

Voters who discover how badly they are being robbed by our public servants and politicians would correct this corruption in one election. Public forums could inform them fully if smart and honest readers find the personal courage to speak out.
james marple

San Diego, CA

#5 Mar 22, 2014
A civil engineer called to say unpleasant things about our group
that has been advocating commonsense rainwater management
in Southern Caliofrnia since'89 I listened to his entire tirade to
make sure I understood where he was coming from.

Turns out his biggest problem wss with news stories that blame
our absurd management of rainfall on his p;rofession. He could
not understand why we and the general public cannot see that
divil engineers only do what their clients want done.

When he calmed down I asked where and when he graduated
from college to begin his career. He said he was accredited in
Colorado three years ago and is looking forward to moving here.

I wished him luck and asked that he call back after he's had a
year to discover that he will have to revise his code of ethics in
order to get and keep a job here. Professionals serving California agency managers and engineering firms do not survive unless
they are willing to ignore deliberate misplanning by their bosses.

He promised to get back to me but I suspect he will not.

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