The Real End Game
Why build dams when you can just buy the land that needs the water?
Jan 06, 2016
You don't have to dig deep to find out what environmentalists want. They will just tell you if you'll listen. In a Sacramento Bee article "Building Sites Reservoir Will Never Pencil Out or Produce Much Water" we find this paragraph: "There are better alternatives for increasing California’s water supply. An economic analysis by EcoNorthwest concluded that retiring and curbing water rights for 300,000 acres of contaminated land farmed in the San Joaquin Valley would cost approximately $1 billion."
Why build dams when you can just buy the land that needs the water? They go on to say "that's a reasonable price to pay to stop the poisoning of California's environment." When they look to the West Side of the Valley the don't see farmers, they see poisoners of the environment.
You'll be glad to know they do think farmers should be compensated for their land. As the article goes on the explain "while $1 billion is a substantial sum, it compares favorably when the cost of other projects for managing California’s water supply are considered."
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