The Silence Is Deafening!
Where is the outrage? Where are the editorials demanding a solution?
Aug 01, 2016
There are some good efforts being made by good people to try and solve the Valley's agricultural water problem. We don't mean to demean their efforts in any way with this newsletter, but it all seems to be falling on deaf ears when it comes to the public. Where is the outrage? Where are the editorials demanding a solution? After all, humans are making the decisions that keep water from us and humans can make the decisions to change. But, they don't. And they won't as long as the public stays silent.
A recent PPIC poll might help explain why. Although water supply and drought remains the number one environmental issue facing the state, the 38% of people who name it their number one concern is down 20% from a year ago. We have long believed that the environmental left has marketed their false ideas better than we have marketed the truth. There was in fact a drought and they have convinced the people that it is a problem totally caused by Mother Nature and not by misguided bureaucrats. We try, in our way, to fight these perceptions that are reinforced by all the major newspapers as well as the leaders of our one-party state. It doesn't help that the election has turned all attention away from the water issue and focused on Trump v. Clinton.
There are others who try to reach our with a message like ours. One is Wayne Western Jr. who you can follow on facebook. His recent post sums things up pretty well:
|Back in April, media reports surfaced and the Department of Water Resources proclaimed a severe drought continued. They mentioned southern reservoirs such as the San Luis Reservoir and Castaic being low.
On April 14th, I wrote this:
"Castaic is not full because they have not filled it, not because of weather. Both southern reservoirs(referring to Castaic and SLR, which was 50% full on April 14th) require operators to move water into them from the north. The media should not be reporting that reservoirs such as Castaic, which is 44% full, are extremely low because of the drought, when Pyramid, which is less than 20 miles away, is 93% full."
On April 20th, I wrote this comment in regards to questions about why the San Luis Reservoir was not filling:
"Here's the deal folks. 3 parts. Northern, Southern, and Central. Northern reservoirs are full. Southern reservoirs that are not full, will be full. They are mostly State Water Project reservoirs, not CVP, and most water that was captured will go to them. It is the Central Valley that is left out once again."
Let's look at a couple things. First of all, it is almost August. For several months, millions of people from all over the state have been using water that god gave us last winter. After all, listen to our leaders now when referring to the Central Valley, in our case, federal water in the San Luis Reservoir. If you haven't heard, it is gone! We are given the impression that last winter just wasn't good enough. Now that time has passed since April, where are things now?
On April 14th, Castaic was 44% full.
Today, it is 77% full.
On April 14th, Pyramid was 93% full.
today, it is 94% full.
The San Luis Reservoir was 50% full, after wasting the million acre feet that could have been pumped to fill it.
Today, it is 10% full.
Predictable. Water either goes to the ocean or goes passed us. I am not explaining this to start a waste of time argument about Los Angeles or MWD. The need to transport water to the south from the north is nothing new to California. I am explaing this to show exaclty how predictable our water will be managed. I'm a little passed hope and change.
Here is another thing that may be predictable. We have all heard about the federal 5% allocation, right? With the federal water exhausted in the SLR, a debt is running up to the state for us to operate. Do not be surprised if that debt is paid for with, you guessed it, our 5%, leaving us with another Zero in 2017.
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