The Delta has been the center of water problems for a long time. That is only natural since it supplies a major portion of the water that this state uses for both residential and agricultural purposes. Governor Schwarzenegger even commissioned a so called blue ribbon task force on the delta. On completion of their work, this group formed a non-profit called the Delta Vision Foundation to see that their recommendations were implemented.
On Monday June 1, they will hold a meeting in Sacramento to give a report card on the legislature and the governor. The word in the local press is that is will be "mixed." That link is to an artile by Mike Taugher on the Contra Costa Times. Taugher, along with Matt Weiser of the Sacramento Bee have emerged as the two most penetrating journalists writing on this subject now.
My own view is that the Foundation will take them all to task for ignoring the following in the task force recommendations.
Establish a new governance structure with the authority, responsibility, accountability, science support and secure funding to achieve these goals.So far, I have not seen the leaders of this state, neither the governor nor the legislators, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, have the courage to take those actions that are required. It seems that I am not alone in this assessment. William K. Reilly was one of the members of the Delta Vision Task Force and from 1989 to 1993 was the Administrator of the EPA, appointed by George H. W. Bush (Bush 42). In a May 27th OpEd in the San Francisco Chronicle, Reilly laid into the Ahnuld.
Schwarzenegger has called for a 20 percent reduction in statewide water use, a notably bold recognition that excessive water use and population increase are doubly threatening to our water future. But he and legislative leaders have not acknowledged that the critical missing ingredient in water management in the delta is governance.I fully agree with Reilly. Only it has to be a Green Governance, one that considers not just the delta, but then entire bio-region, one that considers not just agriculture but all of the uses of the water, one that looks not just to tomorrow, but reasons to manage our resources until the 7th Generation.