Water: Where do we go from here?

Much of the water supplied to Southern California is provided by the State Water Project, which collects water at the south end of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta.

The Delta is extremely fragile, both geologically and environmentally. The Delta consists of over 50 islands, many of which are subsiding due to intense, decades-long farming of the peat soils that make up the region. To prevent flooding, local farmers have dredged silt from the river bottoms to construct levees. Unfortunately, the area is part of the Hayward Fault Zone, which is capable of producing a 6.5 earthquake. A quake of that magnitude could demolish many of the poorly-constructed levees. Should that occur, the islands would be flooded with salt water from San Francisco Bay, rendering Water Project pumps at the Delta’s south end useless.

Proposals to bypass this fragile zone by building tunnels or aqueducts that would siphon water from farther north are under consideration. Northern Californians fear water thievery by the south. Delta farmers fear a land grab. Tax and ratepayers fear another costly boondoggle. Obviously, these remedies would be expensive. A water bond dealing with some of these issues may be on the 2014 ballot and ratepayers would have to foot the bill for aqueducts or tunnels… yet another reason to conserve our scarce financial resources.

As Mark Twain reportedly said, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

5 Responses to "Water: Where do we go from here?"

  1. Lee   September 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    How about building one or two more dams here locally and collectin’ water . . . right here? There’s a thought, ey? How about people FINALLY pulling their heads out of their you-know-what and TRULY educating themselves about how much water plants really need which is probably 1/10th of what people water now? How about turning off the sprinklers during the winter . . . when it rains?! There’s a thought, ey? How about folks NOT using an idiotic machine called the dishwasher . . . but wash their dishes by hand instead? How about NOT stuffing more homes in San Diego County? There’s a thought, ey? How about folks educating themselves about grey water? How about folks collecting rain water themselves? How about GMs of water districts NOT makin’ $300k/year? http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Mar/07/water-fallbrook-rainbow-joint-powers-merge/ How about getting rid of water-thirsty golf courses in a semi-desert region? Why does the greater Fallbrook area need — what do we have — three or four golf courses?! Why? Why not replace water-thirsty and tropical avocadoes with Mediterranean olives or grapes . . . which are PERFECT for our, well, Mediterranean region/topography?

    And — get ready to laugh; come on — how about making water . . . free? There’s a thought, ey? The last time I checked — yes, yes, call me crazy — water comes down from the sky . . . for free. So why all these middle men and elaborate infrastructures of delivering the water all of which are nothing but a cash cow generator?! (OK, go ahead and laugh.)

    Can somebody PLEASE explain to me why and how water costs money?! Can’t wait for that one.

  2. Water Wise   September 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    By all means Lee, put your rain barrell outside, and collect your "FREE" water. But please stay downwind of me after you do…. because we live in Souther Cal and hardly ever get any rain. Good Luck with your free water!!

  3. Pink   September 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I would love to see some free water come down out of the sky Lee, however, it has been many long months since that has happened in Fallbrook. I guess we should have all grabbed our trusty rain barrels and headed out to Borrego Springs a couple of weeks back, we would probably have caught ourselves enough free water to last for….uh…..days.

  4. DR DR   September 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’m probably wrong, don’t we get the majority of our water from the Colorado?

    It is now allowed to dump one gallon of rocket fuel/per week in the Colorado River, it was one teaspoon prior. We are all doomed by chemicals anyway.

    Now our store bought fruits and vegtables are injected with pesticides instead of spraying. Mansanto will produce all human consumption food/water anyway, filled with who knows what, without regulations.


    I was told today, due to the American’s life-years increasing, this will take life back to the 60-70 year range.

    The little things people want to do to help our enviornment is great, but in the big picture, it is all governed.

  5. Joemamma   September 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    There was a PBS special called Cadillac Desert made a few years back talking about water history and usage in the southwest. It is at least ten years old now, but it said that something like 80% of the water pulled from the Colorado goes to Agriculture. And that most of the farms out in the desert use sprinklers vs. drip. And that sprinklers have about a 20% efficiency rate, meaning 80% of the water that comes out of the sprinkler evaporates.


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