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We have a right to water from the north

Posted: December 4, 2009 5:23 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The State Water Project, which decides how much water will move from north to south, recently released its annual report on the volume of water that will be allowed for this year.

It reported that it can deliver just 5 percent of the total amount of water requested by communities north of Butte County.

Less and less water has traveled from Northern California in recent years, as revelations about the decline in health of the Sacramento Delta and subsequent decline in certain fish species have come to light.

Last month, legislation to address the health of the delta estuary was approved by the Legislature but that plan does not include a method of conveyance to replace the ailing system now in use.

Central and Southern California residents have a right to water located in the north of the state. Unfortunately, so many competing political forces stand in the way of constructing a reliable manner of conveyance for that water.

Land owners in the north, environmental groups and powerful water bureaucracies have little or no motivation to do anything other than repair the environmental issues that have resulted from a system of water conveyance that was designed to meet the needs of less than half of the current population of the state.

I believe it is up to the water districts where the water is needed to stand up and demand that our leaders address the need for a new water conveyance system in California. We’ve learned the hard way that the squeaky wheel in this scenario is the environmental groups and land owners.

The Central and Southern California water district boards can and must work harder to ensure the districts they serve get the water they have every right to and the greatest need for.


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