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Gotta Lotta Nerve

There is not any money for dam projects to provide water storage.

Jul 21, 2017

It's been almost 3 years since California voters approved Prop 1, the Water Bond that included funds to build new water storage.  The bureaucrats are still studying whether we need new storage, and what it would be if we did it.  There's no end in sight for any conclusion and with last year's rains the pressure's off to do anything fast. 

While all that's not going on, the former Deputy Secretary of the state Natural Resources Agency is going to ask voters for " approval for a veritable wish list of water and other environmental projects costing billions."  Gerald Meral is proposing an $8.4-billion bond for the 2018 ballot.  It appears the strategy is to use the Oroville disaster as a way to ask voters to secure the California water system.  That and "the drought has really sensitized people to water issues.”

There is not any money for dam projects to provide water storage.  $8.4 billion and again no storage.  "The bond measure does specify some projects, though. Those include $80 million for the removal of the Matilija Dam in Ventura County."  Great.  No money to build a dam, but we will tear one down.

Like we say, gotta lotta nerve.

Meanwhile a longtime environmental advocate, Grant Davis, has been appointed by Governor Brown to lead the Department of Water Resources.  He was the former head of the environmental group The Bay Institute.  He joins a long list of environmentalists who are in charge of California's water.  While there's a lot of scrutiny over any Donald Trump appointment, there's never any question about Brown appointments in California.  Yet our water problems persist year after year despite passage of numerous water bonds. 

According to the Sonoma County Water Agency website "Mr. Davis received his BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley."  So a Poli Sco major will be running an engineering agency.  The Press-Democrat explains that "Davis, whose background is in public policy, became head of the local agency in a restructuring that put him in charge of policy and management, separating the general manager’s job from engineering. 
His predecessor, Randy Poole, also had served as chief engineer."

We suspect his main credentials are environmental.

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