A recent (04/26/07) report by Alex Breitler of the Stockton Record gives the full background on this decision. They have decided that it better to let any earthquake happen and then fix the Delta Levees rather than taking steps not to shore up the levees in anticipation that such a quake will happen.
District board members voted to stockpile repair materials at strategic spots around the Delta; then, if a quake occurs, that rock could be used to patch up levees perhaps along the Middle River, creating a sort of pathway channeling fresh water from the central Delta to the export pumps near Tracy.The effects of a major breach would be devastating to the local areas around Stockton and Tracy, but, hey, no problem, we don't live there.
At some point in time, we are going to learn that we all live in the Delta. Over 18 Million Californians drink water from the delta. Over 700,000 acres of farmland are irrigated with Delta Water. But, hey, salt water would be good for the crops, no?
According to the water district web site.
Public involvement is central to our resource management efforts, and through these pages we want to provide you with a comprehensive listing of information about our Board and their actions.I don't see very much public involvement in the operation of this board. It is all about power politics. Remember Jack Nicholson in Chinatown.
Metropolitan is governed by a 37-member Board of Directors, each appointed by the District's 26 member agencies.
The Board, which establishes and administers policies for Metropolitan, invites the public to attend its monthly meetings, and also to comment on its agenda items or other matters before the board.
Last night, a grassroots organization called Restore the Delta had a meeting regarding Healthy Delta Communities. Green Activist Kalmran Alavi was there and reported the following on several Green Party email lists.
Greens all over this state should be making a major issue out of the Delta and what the powers are planning for our common resource. We will never have sustainable solutions for water in California until we start treating water as part of our Commons, to be owned by all and not by a few.In lecture hall full of Siera Club bigwigs, UC scientists, senator and congresspeoples staff, associated press and other reporters, Agricultural extension representatives, prominent farmesrs, environmentalists, fish & wildlife and fish & game beuraucrats, sports fishing and hunting interests, big time grape growers-vintners and a whole array of Sacramento types, only one entity, not a person, received honorable mention:The MC-organizer announced that the whole thing was made possible by endorsment and generous financial contribution of the Green Party.