I was as curious as everyone to see what Westlands would reply to questions like:
Why is the water that Westlands and its water users seek to sell, transfer or exchange this year not being used to replenish the groundwater basin overdrafted as a result of overuse?Their reply to this question and eight other useful questions in the letter is here [pdf]. WWD claims that it cannot recharge groundwater (probably true, but not by accident) and that the water in their exchange with MWD does not come from their federal, subsidized water ("We estimate that 90 percent of the water in the exchange is not drawn from our CVP allocation at all.") This claim is deceptive, since water is fungible. It would be just as easy to say that all the water comes from the CVP allocation.
But wait, there's more. Rep. Nunes has added his words to this debate, Kanye West-style, in a blog post entitled "Westlands Water Boarding: The Truth About The Valley Water Masters" (but tweeted as "My birthday present to Westlands") that says, among other over-the-top cliches:
Water managers have made the decision to appease* radical environmentalists who have long sought to replace humans in the valley with tumble weeds and dust devils.So Nunes is accusing Westlands of appeasing Nazi enviros by responding to a letter from four Congressmen, with the consequence that Westlands will be taken over enviros (who apparently moved from San Francisco to Munich) as a slave colony full of tumble weeds.
Radical environmentalists’ Field Marshall, Congressman George Miller, has taken aim at Westlands Water District. In a letter [the one above], Miller claims Westlands is deceiving the public and selling “extra” water.
While this grand game of appeasement continues, Westlands should keep in mind that their beloved valley drought master legislators are telling them one thing but doing something completely different in Washington DC.
Will the Westlands Water District be holding their next meeting in Munich?
Bottom Line: It's an election year. Who does Nunes need to please here?
* Yes, Nunes does explicitly compare environmentalists to Nazis.
Addendum: This article discusses Costa v. Miller et al. No sign of Nunes.