26 Apr 2012

Proposed water laws in California

I read these on my news feed. No idea if they will become laws, but here's what they mean (to me):
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, has co-authored legislation that seeks a reliable federal allocation of a natural resource with a notoriously unreliable supply — California water.
A law requiring reliable allocation is easy to implement: water contractors will get a RELIABLE allocation of, say, 25 percent of their "rights" (the amount equal to the LOWEST possible flow), since that's 100 percent reliable. Additional, UNRELIABLE flows will be allocated if/when they arrive (as they are now).

That's not what Denham wants, of course. He prefers that the Feds TAKE water from where it's needed, to give it to contractors. That's a taking theft, but not when it's "legal," right?
A Central Valley Republican wants to mandate that officials determine the total cost before constructing a canal or tunnel to move water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta... In addition to requiring a total cost determination, the bill would also require that officials explain who would pay for the project.
Why isn't this a law already? Or is it a government habit to project a cost that's far lower than the actual cost, as well as allocate those costs to people who have no benefit from the project? Oh, right.

These politicians crack me up...