As Californians deal with severe drought, the Legislature is considering several different bond measures to pay for new dams, twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, habitat restoration and water conservation efforts. The Legislature faces a Thursday deadline to put a water bond issue on the November ballot.
Last Sunday’s Conversation about the discussion on the water bond asked the question: Given the drought, are you more or less supportive of a water bond, and how important is it that the bond include money for new reservoirs and Delta restoration?
Equinsu Ocha – The money will never make it to the proposed projects.
Matt Davis – No more water bonds except for reservoirs only. No more money to water special interests. Scrap the tunnels idea.
Steve Holderness – No more slogans, no more easy fixes, it is time to change the paradigm and think outside the box. How many acre-feet of water could be conserved if every single mile of canal, aqueduct and irrigation ditch was covered? For a hydrologist, that is a relatively simple calculation. How many acre-feet can be re-injected into Central Valley aquifers? Can the 20 feet of subsidence ever be reversed that some areas have experienced? How much of it can be restored? We need numbers, not just platitudes.