Butta boom wrote:Since a good portion of the east bay also is a party to the CVP contracts, cities that get water from EBMUD will also feel considerable pain. When your construction business dies due to a connection ban, when your water bill doubles, for half the water, maybe the lack of planning for the future by the democrats will begin to sink in.
The Auburn Dam would get us out of this mess had it been built. The democrat enviro coalition along with the white water rafting crew that was chaining themselves to boulders in the then filling New Melones reservoir deserves the credit for the lack of water we are now enjoying.
Trust me there will be plenty of misery to go around. Yeah it I'll cost me plenty. I will be despondent over the lack of winter habitat that will exist next year. And the plummeting duck numbers, and lack of hunting opportunities, except for the overcrowded refuges.
You see, I saw all this twice before only this time it's even worse.
There is a bill to build two new dams in our legislature. I believe it is AB 1445, by Assemblyman Dan Logue. The Dems won't give it the light of day. It is the cheapest of all the water bills before the legislature, because there is only dams no pork.
Maybe if enough Bay Area folks get miserable enough, and they think about getting more water instead of driving less, they might vote republican for a change.
First the primary source of EBMUD's water comes from the Mokuloume watershed so they are not "primarily" affected more or less than anyone else because it's a drought and it is statewide. You imply you are getting shafted when I imagine everyone will have to live with less and implement water savings. The remainder of the SF area gets it's water from a reservoir that was built in a National Park, so much for the greenies always getting their way. Both are just a little farther South than your current source and having another half cup further south wouldn't help your half full cup further North.
To lay blame at the feet of Democrats and make this a political issue which it seems everything is to the far right, everything from it not raining enough too you not getting enough cards for your birthday is ridiculous. Guess what, the life we are living is unsustainable for the most part and sooner or later regardless of everyones "lack of planning" the $hit is going to hit the fan. Further every subsequent hit down the road will hit harder than the last no matter what is done. Building another dam won't solve anyone's water problem it will only forestall the inevitable. Guess what again, if the Auburn dam was built it would be half empty or more as well because here's the 5 o clock news, it's a drought McFly, so it wouldn't "get us out of this mess" only more rain will.
You say you have seen this two times before...well we all have and this time except the degree is even more it is unprecedented. We will ALL be feeling the pinch in one way or another. If there is going to be a lawsuit then I hope you do prevail for not paying for water you do not receive. However I suspect the real impetus will be to try and get your full and deserving "first in line" dividends which from your repeated rhetoric you seem to feel "entitled" to and seems to be your real veiled complaint. So which is it?
The Bay area has BART and most folks down there probably drive less than many other people, so I don't know how your Bay Area bombs you keep throwing apply, except for the adage of keep throwing it at the wall and hope some of it sticks? I'm not a Democrat and for the record I am a registered Republican, however the next time I resister I think I will change my affiliation to Independent as neither party has every answer but no single party is to blame for "everything" either that goes wrong in the world and that includes the lack of rain. I'll choose to pick among the choices of reason and what is wrong or right and not blindly align with nor throw my lot in with either party.
If we look at our population growth as it approaches the plane of it's exponential current growth, the asymptote in comparison to the demand for the earths finite resources will eventually cross. Why is it so easy to see with lemmings or for any wildlife population for that matter but so hard for people to see in ourselves? Water is just one of the many resources being taxed to the limit now and there will be others to come assuredly in the future.
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