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Phase 3

We always say, if you want to know what the environmental left is up to, just ask them.

Nov 07, 2016

We have been watching the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) accelerate their dedication of more river water to fish.  Right in the middle of a fight in the North Valley over proposals to dedicate higher percentages of Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne flows to the Delta, the board announced another proposal to do the same thing on the Sacramento River (Sacramento River report adds to water concerns).  We knew the Sacramento River was in their sights, but were surprised in the brazen announcement while in a major fight over the other rivers.  They are, apparently, feeling their oats and have no fear.

So, what's going on?  We always say, if you want to know what the environmental left is up to, just ask them.  They'll tell you.  So, what are they telling us?  In Modesto, while the fight goes on over their rivers, the state has explained they are in the midst of Phase One of their water plans for the future.  Phase One "entails usurping California’s oldest water rights to send more water down the San Joaquin’s tributaries. That's the fight Modesto is in.  And before they are even done with Phase One, they announce Phase Two.  "Phase Two is a similar grab on the Sacramento."  

So, Phase One and Two are being waged now at the same time.  And what will Phase Three be?  "Phase Three is a restructuring of all water rights."  There you have it.  Just ask them.  They'll tell you.

In our next newsletter we'll tell you what some people say should be done to fight all this.


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