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This calmed the restless natives for the time being.

Sep 26, 2016

If you went to college you might have taken a class called 'Political Science', and if you did they probably didn't get close to telling you how politics really works.  We're going to tell you what's going on in the Northern Valley regarding river flow announcements from the State Water Resources Control Board and how this is political science at its finest.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) came out with its flow recommendations (how much water should flow down the rivers into the Delta and out to sea) for the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers last week, upping the 2012 35% recommendation to 40% and maybe as high as 50%.  Modesto area water agencies, residents and elected officials are understandably up in arms.  It's a huge financial hit for the area, and local elected state representatives don't understand why this bombshell was ped on them a month and a half before the election.  Doesn't make them look too good.

The powers that be came to the rescue, called the governor who issued a statement saying these flow objectives should be reached through "voluntary agreements" with water agencies.  He also said that unlike the water board, he wants agencies to consider more than just flow.  This calmed the restless natives for the time being.

So, what do we have here?  The water board comes out with their unacceptable flow recommendations, the community is up in arms, the elected officials realize there's an election, the governor comes in with a compromise to kick the can down the road until after the election, the community calms down, the election is saved, all is well.

When the election is over we're on to Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and it'll b pretty tough to rile up the natives again when the water board will again come out with their flow recommendations.  

Now, that's how political science really works.   


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