Dog & Pony Show
In simple terms, the enviros have already fought for the water while we fight to install the cement.
Apr 17, 2015
Dog and pony show" is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used in a pejorative sense to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it.
That about sums up the California Water Commission's meeting in Fresno Wednesday and earlier in the week in Chico. Voters who thought the passage of Prop 1, the Water Bond, last year would mean the construction of projects like Sites and Temperance Flat are finally coming to terms with reality.
Locals came out to testify and convince the commissioners of the value of the projects were met with some realizations about what's really going on. The Chico Enterprise-Record is one of the few publications that has seen the writing on the wall since the very beginning.
After the Chico meeting Monday, the ER wrote, "people were also not pleased to hear the language in the ballot measure dedicates the $2.7 billion for “public benefit,” which is basically everything except agricultural, residential and commercial use. Fifty percent of the public benefit has to be for ecosystems, with the rest for water quality improvement, flood control, emergency response, and recreation."
And there was this: "Any project that gets funding also has to provide a “measurable” improvement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem, even though the standard for measuring that has yet to be defined."
In simple terms, the enviros have already fought for the water while we fight to install the cement. We wrote about this last June in our newsletter "We Fight for Dams, Enviros Fight for Water!"
In the newsletter we reported that "according to Brett Walton at Circle of Blue: "For instance, the bureau released a feasibility study last month for the $US 2.6 billion Temperance Flat project. Contrary to nearly every dam, Temperance Flat’s primary justification is not water supply, but environmental restoration. The dam will increase supplies for cities and farmers by a piddling amount, but its main purpose is storing cold water to help revive fish habitat in the San Joaquin River."
And there's the fact that the Commission back in January announced that it was going to study the storage issue for the next two years. As the Chico ER reported, "The work’s already been done. The answers are already known. The only reason we can come up with to dink around for two years is to come up with excuses to not build reservoirs."
Hope you enjoyed the meeting.
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