There's Something You Can Do Right Now!
All we are asking is that we be given a 1-year SJ River Restoratiion moratorium to use the water in a useful way, for farms and jobs.
Dec 19, 2013
Congressmen, state legislators and water officials have all joined to "request that President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown take immediate action to address the catastrophic effects of what is shaping up to be another dry water-year for the State." These people are finally starting to 'get it' when it comes to the immediate water crisis. The state and federal officials have all been wrapped up in long-term solutions like the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Twin Tunnels project, or the water bond, or Temperance Flat Dam, all worthy debates to have, but none addressing the 'right now' crisis. What can we do right now? There is something we can all do. It's not a total solution, but it's a partial solution and it can be done right now.
What we need is some strong local leadership from city councils, mayors, boards of supervisors to put pressure on state and federal elected officials and bureaucrats to give us a 1-year moratorium on the San Joaquin River Restoration. We need these councils and boards to at least pass resolutions that we in the Central Valley are all in agreement that the SJ River restoration is a project not ready for prime time. In modern-day jargon, it's not shovel-ready.
There is between $1B-$2B worth of work that needs to be done to make the riverbed ready for salmon restoration, and according to the Fresno Bee, "major physical changes in the river, such as a bypass to route fish around the Mendota Dam, have not yet taken place." Republicans still control the House and Congressman Devin Nunes says, ""I have news for them: They are cut off," he said. "Not a penny of additional federal dollars is going to this ill-conceived venture. They should spare the fish the suffering." So, they don't have the money and they're not going to get it.
All we are asking is that we be given a 1-year moratorium to use the water in a useful way, for farms and jobs. Environmentalists don't seem to care that the water will be wasted, or that farms won't be able to use it. We need to send them a message that everyone in the Valley is united on this. Please, if you are a councilperson, mayor, supervisor anywhere in the Valley, urge your colleagues to write and pass a resolution demanding a 1-year moratorium on SJ River Restoration. If you are not an elected official, please call your council or mayor or supervisor and ask them to support a 1-year moratorium. It can and should be done. It's the right thing to do.
If you need any help writing a resolution, we'd be glad to help.
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