Ok, I have some work to do today and so this won't take long. I was watching the 11:00 News on KGO (ABC in SF) last night when I noted a very clear advertisement from the Association of California Water Agencies. The message was clear. We are on the cusp of a series of water crises and the time to act is running out.
I note in passing that the ad did not send you to the Association site, but rather to a special site that they have set up just to carry their message to the public. That is called CalWaterCrisis. You can watch the same ad that I saw at this link. (Windows Media format).
The basis of the CalWaterCrisis site is public education, and we need a lot of that. Fortunately, the funding for this does not allow CalWaterCrisis to be used for legislative advocacy. However, the way that the story is being told makes it clear that the objectives of ACWA are for engineering some sort of mega-project solution and it does not include conservation.
Governor Schwarzenegger has called for a special session of the legislature to deal with this "crisis". It should be noted that the reason it is a crisis now is that the governor, and past governors, and the legislature, and past legislatures, have failed time and again to deal with this solution. It was always something that was coming in the future, something that could be put off until tomorrow. Well, this is the future and this is tomorrow and it can not longer be put off.
I have been writing about the delta and water since before the 2006 election. Just search this blog regarding Water, Metropolitan Water Board, California Delta, Delta Vision. There is a wealth of material. Follow any of the Delta Links in the right side menus. There is more.
The governor and Fabian Nunez are poised to spend some $6 Billion on the wrong solutions. ACWA will continue to push for anything that guarantees them a growing supply of a finite resource... Water.
It is time to get off our asses and do something about it in an organized, effective manner.