CALIFORNIA'S WATER PROBLEM
April 11, 2015
It is not news that California suffers from a 4-year drought and that its governor, the 76-year old Moonbeam Man of yore, has promulgated rules cutting back on usage by citizens with lawns and pools as well as governments having median strips and lawns around City Hall. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial declares that the water shortage results from the green nature of Northern California politics which, for years, allowed fresh water in the millions of acre feet to run out to sea in order to save smelts, salmon and critters other than the people who now must take short showers and live with brown grass.
Doubtless the Journal has a point but not the critical point which is that Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrat office-holders in Sacramento are the architects of the shortage. In truth, all prior governors and legislators, Democrat or other, are to blame. As usual, all government can do long-term is to provide themselves with fat pensions for a slender amount of results.
California's climate and geography are not secret. The North receives significantly more rain and snow than the South which is a natural desert. The Sierra Nevada mountains divide the state North and South holding back rain and snow from falling on the inland side resulting in another major desert area. That inland side is where California's crops are grown based on water from the North brought into it by man-made methods. Scores of years ago, dams, reservoirs and aqueducts were constructed in order to compensate for these divisions. But nothing has been built in decades, irrespective of the state's immense population of some 40 million people and agricultures growth into California's major business.
The obvious question is "Why not?" The obvious answer is because people like Governor Brown failed to act. Most articles on this subject correctly state that California has a history of droughts, some lasting for generations. That is no secret and never has been. The state government has something called a water resources board headed by a guy named Corwin. He's worked there since 1981, the year after he graduated from Stanford University. That's 35 years of being a government employee; never had another job. You would think he would have learned but you would be wrong. None of them has. And that is why California has a water problem today.
What then should be done? Brown's answer is surely necessary given the circumstances he and others have permitted to create the shortage. But there are other steps which must be taken or California will become Nature's whipping boy, forever suffering from the unpredictable cycle of rain and no rain. Despite the necessity, you cannot find serious discussion of them in any media. Not in the L.A. Times; not in the San Francisco Chronicle and especially not in the Sacramento Bee. Little to nothing is heard from our state's female trifecta in Congress either. Pelosi, Feinstein and Boxer are silent on this question. There are no plans to build more waterways or to buy water from Oregon until new infrastructure is in place. No desalinization is planned and absolutely no thoughts at all about returning the millions of thirsty illegal aliens to their native countries. That, by the way, is the fastest way to cut back on water usage as well as to relieve the housing pressure which has raised rents for all.
The water shortage has been created by politicians. It can only be fixed by politicians; new politicians that is. That likely means that, absent Nature's sending rain and snow in record amounts this Fall and Winter, California is in this for years to come as no amount of cutback will cure the problem.