What's Good for the Goose...!!
You know what we want? We want the same deal they got.
May 01, 2013
The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District has agreed to remove ammonia from its wastewater that in turn is dumped to the tune of a million gallons a day into the Sacramento River which then goes on to flow into the Delta. We have maintained for years that the ammonia/nitrogen, along with giardia, e. coli and pharmaceuticals is the primary cause of the Delta's ecological decline. We don't think fish and underwater plants thrive in ammonia, e. coli and viagra. Call us picky. Sacramento was ordered to clean up the mess in December of 2010, but has been fighting in court since then to reverse the decision. We must point out that Sacramento has not agreed to clean up the entire mess, only the ammonia portion of the mess. As Matt Weiser points out in the Sacramento Bee..."The district, however, is not giving up its fight against other permit terms that require the wastewater to be filtered. This so-called "tertiary" treatment step was also ordered in 2010 to remove pathogens, such as giardia and e. coli, and other pollutants. The lawsuit will remain active on this front."
So, the Delta will continue to be a giant toilet bowl for a number of years. Who is penalized for this? The City of Sacramento? The citizens of Sacramento? No. Unfortunately, it's us, the farmers of Central California.
While Sacramento has been fighting in court to keep from cleaning up their ammonia mess, farmers in Central California are told 800,000 acre feet of water must be pumped to the ocean to protect the Delta Smelt. No punishment for the people creating the ammonia/guardia/e. coli/pharmaceutical mess. They just go on doing what they're doing while we get less and less water for our farms. And, now that they've agreed to clean part of it up, they have until 2021 to do so.
You know what we want? We want the same deal they got. We want to get our water until 2021 while the Delta situation and the ammonia are cleaned up. Why is it that they can continue to foul the Delta while they fix their problem for the next eight years, but we are penalized every year? Let's have a level playing field, a field where we get our water until they clean up their ammonia. Or else shut them down like we're shut down. What's good for the goose...should be good for us.
Sacramento settles key piece of sewage battle
Matt Weiser/Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento region has agreed to proceed with removing ammonia from its sewage effluent, settling a key area of dispute in a legal battle over protecting water quality in the Delta.
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