Open dam review
Re “State blocks review of Oroville Dam crisis” (Page 1A, April 12): The voters, and especially those folks living downstream from the dam, are being shafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and his cronies. Transparency doesn’t exist in one of the largest potential catastrophes the state has seen. Come on, guv, you can do better!
John Bloomer, Sacramento
Dredge dams first
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Re “Drought’s over, but climate change still ahead” (Editorial, April 10): The Bee emphasizes opportunities to capture this rainy season’s deluges. The proposed Sites Reservoir is a partial solution, but what about dredging out behind existing dams?
Each year tons of silt and mud flow into both our large reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Oroville) and smaller ones (Folsom, New Bullards Bar, Friant). How much capacity has been lost? Must we dam and inundate even more of California’s shrinking wilderness?
Dennis Burkett Neufeld, Sacramento
Sites and tunnels
Re “L.A. water agency backs plans for Sites” (Capitol & California, April 7): If you live in Northern California you should be alarmed by this action taken by the Metropolitan Water District, the same water district that tapped into Owens Lake, took all the water and left it a dry wasteland. MWD is investing in the Sites project to tap into more Northern California water, fish and Delta farmers be damned.
MWD and Westlands water districts are banking on the twin tunnels to get more water south. User revenue won’t cover the cost, and you can bet the difference will be shuffled onto taxpayers. The governor won’t stop them, so it better be us. Stop the tunnels.
Roger Thibault, West Sacramento
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