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Let’s tap the Columbia River

Posted: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Recently I was privileged to hear a presentation on the water crisis in our state, and also our problems here in Santa Clarita, regarding a shortage of water and an over-abundance of salt in our discharge into the Santa Clara River.

There are signs of sound thinking on the horizon because it is being proposed to pipe the treated water to the other side of the Santa Clarita Valley to replenish our aquifer, which makes total sense. If we are going to treat the water being dumped into the wash we should reap the rewards.

Now to our water supply here in the state. We have lots of water going down the Sacramento River; however, we were told our pumps are old and subject to failure, so this is a questionable source for a constant supply.

Then I can recall also being informed that the pumps were not being used to capacity because there are endangered fish lurking around the inlets that the pumps could destroy.

Assuming the water in the Sacramento River is out of the picture, either due to old pumps or the danger of swallowing up the endangered Sacramento Wrinkle-back Carp, we have to look north to the Columbia River.

I have seen the Columbia River, and it is a monster, so let’s bring that water down south so we can farm the Central Valley and bathe here in Santa Clarita.

There is a problem; the water coming south would have to cross the Sacramento River Delta to get here, which means it has to go under or over the San Joaquin-Sacrament Delta.

Going over is out, so the next option is a water tunnel under the Delta, which is doable but it takes money, and our money is going to build a high- low-speed rail line down the Central Valley.

The folks in the Legislature have determined that the train is a priority, and drinking water and water for farming is secondary.

I don’t know about anyone else, but my first priority is having enough water to drink and to raise our food.

It’s not rocket science. You have to have water to live here, train or no train.



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