28 Apr 2009

Hype vs. Reality

...or perhaps "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"? Check this out:
Water agencies and politicians from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on down have repeatedly stressed that water shortages this year from the Bay Area to San Diego prove the need for such a canal. It would divert water around the Delta for delivery to farms and cities.

But numbers developed by a state-run planning group seeking to build the canal show it would not deliver more water in dry years.
Although Taugher goes on to report the PC's strategy of shipping excess water from wet years south of the Delta for storage and later use, his main point is a good one: The PC will NOT end droughts and it would NOT fix the current problem.

Bottom Line: Stop the political disinformation. Admit that the PC is about reallocating water among existing (agricultural) uses -- NOT creating more water...


  1. Interesting. Does anyone know who will be the winners and the losers of the reallocation?

  2. http://newmexicoindependent.com/26011/epa-pulls-the-plug-on-desert-rock-coal-fired-plant

    Same song, different verse

    Coal plants, sovereign nations, poverty, and the EPA

  3. Winners with canal: farmers north and south of delta

    Losers: farmers in delta and enviros.

  4. Not to beat a dead horse here, but there are a few things to consider that come down on the side of the canal:
    1) It is not so much the absolute quantity of water, it is the times that the that is diverted (or not) and stored that seem to have a major impact on fish. The PC is a means to make the supply/demand curves more easily matched up.
    2) A major levee failure would cause economic panic, and nobody would give a rat's ass about the fish; they'd just get digging.
    3) Allowing the salt/fresh barrier to move up and down the Delta, as nature intended (and as the PC would permit) could be a big help in controlling non-native species.
    Yes, some of the lower Delta folks would be harmed. IMO they are finished anyway, as the oxidation of their peat soils (sometimes referred to incorrectly as "subsidence"), and their weak levees are irreversible conditions. They have been getting kind of a free ride all these years anyway. Without the flood control structures on the Sac (including the big dams), I suspect they would have been wiped out a long time ago.


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