Periodically, I come back to the question of the Delta and try to hammer home the fact that what happens in the Delta does not stay in the Delta. It affects all of us in California in ways that most don't even realize. So, we the people continue to ignore the situation, just as those in New Orleans ignored the status of their levees, until a catastrophe happened. And, just like in New Orleans, when it happens, and it will, we will all ask why didn't "they" do anything.
To paraphrase Walt Kelly's Pogo, "We have met the "they" and they is us."