Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Water water everywhere

nor any drop to drink.

That line from William Cooper's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner has almost become an advertising slogan for environmental organizations and reverse osmosis marketers. Today, Assemblywoman Lois Wolk (Dem. - Davis), chaired a hearing of the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on the subject of Climate Change and Water Resources. The conclusion was that we will get less snow and more rain. That means we are not going to be storing as much water as snow in the mountains and will need more storage capacity just to maintain our current populations and lifestyles.

I have been collecting an increasing amount of information about water resources in California. Now, I find that there is an organization that concerns itself specifically with the subject of Wolk's hearing. The California Water Impact Network

C-WIN has published a set of Principles for a Sustainable Water Future in California They look reasonable and a number of environmental organizations have signed on to them.

In an email exchange with the Secretary of Cal-WIN, Dorothy Green, I was told that...
We would welcome having the Green Party endorse these principles, and helping to get the word out about how badly we are managed now, and not in the public interest. I would love to have an opportunity to speak to the group, or provide you with more information as you wish

It seems that there is enough here now for me to start on the task I promised Shane Que Hee that I would do... revise the water plank of the Platform. However, for those of you in the LA area who can easily contact Dorothy, it seems to me that she would be a good resource.

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