In light of the size and demands on water for the city of Los Angeles, the time has come for restrictions to be lifted that hinder the construction of several desalinization plants in Southern California. Normal seasonal water cycles cannot be guaranteed, whereas water from the ocean is predictably plentiful. Complaints about the costs for desalinization must be set aside, especially in light of the costs to the environment by continuing the current approach. Needs for water can, and should, be met by extracting it from a source close to end users, not via the myriad of aqueducts and canals in use or planned. The latter harkens back to the days of backroom deals when Los Angeles wielded tremendous power over the rest of the state, without sacrificing anything itself.
-- Leendert Noordzij, SACRAMENTO