California Water Crisis: Storage, Not Shortage

Craig HueyArticles, Reality Alert, Uncategorized

Readers in California know the state is in the middle of a drought again. It has not been this bad since the 1976-77 drought.

The cycle continues but the politicians do nothing to solve the problem.

They pass regulations, impose fines, and threaten rationing.

Over the years water bonds have passed, costing 11 billion dollars. That’s really 22 billion when you count the interest. Yet the last major water facility was built in 1979. The other bonds did little with no water storage

There are two major water systems for California:

The Colorado River has 70 million acre feet of water

The Sacramento River System–bigger than the Colorado–but only has 10 million acre feet of water.

The crazy water policies have created record unemployment in the Central Valley… and farms destroyed.  More than 250,000 acres are already gone!

In times of plentiful rain, the government has diverted 200 billion gallons of water from the Central Valley aquifer to protect a little fish called the delta smelt.

Every attempt to save water is killed by the environmental lobby and progressive liberals and democrats.

On TV, you may have seen pictures of lakes in Shasta, Oroville and Folsom devastated.

But it’s not just drought.  The radical environmental regulations have mandated 800,000 acre feet of badly needed water drained.


Now Governor Brown and the liberals want us to pass a new $7 billion water- Proposition 1.

It’s a bond filled with waste, pork and green projects.

When Shelly and I were in Weed and Yreka speaking, we passed Folsom Dam, it was near empty.  But for less than three billion, it could have 2 ½ times the water to fill it–providing water for us all in California.

These water shortages are government created.

It’s time to create storage that will provide inexpensive, plentiful water again.

It’s time to stop protecting fish at the expense people.

And it’s time to vote no on Proposition 1. We need water storage, but not wasteful spending.

Keep in mind:

  1. It’s a $7.2 billion bond. Bonds are the most expensive way to finance any projects. With interest to investors and bankers, it comes out to more than $15 billion.
  2. Of the $7.2 billion bond, $2.7 goes to water storage and dams. And about $1.5 billion of that actually goes to good water projects. The rest is for green projects, waste and bike lanes.

Let’s do it right and vote No on Proposition 1. We need to get a real water project started.