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A Billion or Less…Any Takers?

The Huffington Post reported on an interview radio host Glenn Beck did last week with former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina where she blamed environmentalists for a “man-made” drought in California.

She went on to say “… liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system.”

It’s not really fair to pick on Ms. Fiorina when a lot of others (many of whom actually work in water management and so should know better) have made similarly ill informed comments about the supposed need for new dams and reservoirs in California.

Because in none of these arguments – for Sites or Temperance Flats, or raising walls, or who knows what else – has anyone been able to explain where the water will come from to put in these multi-billion dollar structures.

There’s been no acknowledgement that 60% of California’s water comes from our national forest lands, and that unless a mere billion (probably less) is spent on restoring those forests so that we can continue to get water downstream – well, I guess we could turn Sites into the ultimate skateboard park.

Hopefully some day soon, any Republican (or Democrat) running for higher office will say, “We need to do the smart thing, the economically sensible thing and take responsible actions to protect and restore the natural places where our water comes from.” Maybe they will even utter the words “ecosystem services.”

Who knows what climate change will drive people to?

Kimery Wiltshire

Kimery Wiltshire
4-21-15

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