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California water policy on tap

By From page A8 | August 25, 2014

Why are Californians surprised when after three years of drought we don’t have the water we need? Why do we think it’s strange that our current reservoirs can’t meet that need?

For years, more demands have been placed on these public structures, which are not up to the task. Yet, we don’t seem to listen until our water agencies have to turn off the faucet.

The University of California, Davis estimates the 2014 loss to the state economy due to the drought to become $2.2 billion, including $1.5 billion in agriculture and 17,100 seasonal jobs.

Statewide, average water use is divided roughly as 50 percent environmental, 40 percent agricultural and 10 percent urban. While some efforts have been made to expand storage capacity, environmentalist activists have Californians on the threshold of removing as many as five storage dams.

For the past few years, even with reduced rain, we saw Folsom Lake management, months before the rainy season, opening sluice gates and allowing up to 10,000 cubic feet of water to escape because the reservoir had to be drained to ensure enough space available for the next rainy season’s flow.

Do management policies need review?

The California State Water Project is a water storage and delivery system of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and pumping plants. Its main purpose is to store water and distribute it to 29 urban and agricultural water suppliers in Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast and Southern California. The project is also operated to improve water quality in the Delta, control Feather River flood waters, provide recreation, and enhance fish and wildlife.

The project includes 34 storage facilities, reservoirs and lakes; 20 pumping plants; four pumping-generating plants; five hydroelectric power plants; and about 701 miles of open canals and pipelines.

Funds from the sale of general obligation and revenue bonds have provided about 78 percent of financing for construction of the State Water Project. Full repayment of these bond funds is being made by project beneficiaries, rather than by the general taxpayer.

Our Legislature managed to approve a ballot proposal now signed by the governor. The water bond awaiting voter decision in November totals $7.1 billion, not including $400 million to be transferred from previously unused bond funds. Major investments will be only $2.7 billion for additional storage dams, $1.5 billion for environmental purposes, $900 million to prevent contamination of drinking water, $0.7 billion for water cycling, $500 million for improving water quality, and $400 million for flood control.

Five reservoir sites have been proposed. Obviously money is not available for all. The estimated cost in billions of dollars / added thousands of acre-feet / cost per acre-foot follow:

  • Temperance Flat: $2.5/76/$32,895.
  • Shasta raise: $1.2/75.9/$15,810.
  • Las Vaqueros raise: $1.0/20/$50,000.
  • Sites: $3.8/164/$23,171.
  • San Luis raise: $0.36/71/$5,070.

California’s average annual rainfall exceeds the amount of water to meet all needs – agricultural, environmental and urban. All that is needed is storage capacity to contain it until use is needed.

Why have our Republican and Democrat representatives in government failed to build a storage dam for more than 30 years? Why have our state representatives spent more than five years and $200 million of taxpayers’ money to study a plan that would not increase a gallon of available water? Only they can answer that.

The good news is that a less-than-perfect bill has been passed for voters to express their opinion. That act will provide additional water availability – after several years to build. In the meantime, we will live with uncomfortable conservation measures and pray for long rainy seasons.

Remember this record when you vote in November.

Jim McCully is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at [email protected]

Jim Mccully


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  • Very Good...August 25, 2014 - 6:25 am

    We should also be asking....... What are Chemtrails and what are the effects of Chemtrails on soil acidity and water quality in Grape growing areas?

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  • Rick WoodAugust 25, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Good letter. I trust the facts. The reason it's been so hard to build additional storage in California is twofold: Environmental opposition and expense. After the state built its initial round of reservoirs for the State Water Project, the environmental movement really took off. We didn't have endangered species acts back then nor the type of overall environment review that projects require today. That has made many projects unbuildable and others much more expensive. In addition, all the best sites for reservoirs have been taken, further adding to expense. It's no wonder that the lowest cost per acre-foot projects now are adding capacity to existing reservoirs rather than building new. The upshot is if the users are to pay back the state, there will be no users for the more expensive projects. The assurance all voters should ask for is past practice be retained of requiring users to pay for storage projects and not the general taxpayers. With that assurance, I will vote for the bond even though Solano has come out of these "negotiations" with the short end of the stick. We need to continue to advocate for protection of our Delta water rights, including relocation of our North Bay Aqueduct intake out of the Delta. That should be the quid pro quo for our support (or at least non-opposition) of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (Delta tunnels), which is not part of the bond but will be close on its heels.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 25, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Rick, are you saying we should accept a bad idea for implementation of a good idea?

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeR7zo2zfKMAugust 25, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    Delta Rae... Bottom of the River.... So we can have both Earthquakes and Tunnels..... Oh My!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 25, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Mr.P: Probably. That's the essence of compromise. Some "bad ideas" are still acceptable ideas, and most "good ideas" are worth agreeing to something else. But what are the specific good/bad ideas you're talking about?

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    Rick, I'm not sure I would call that compromise. They're very different issues. It's more you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 28, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    You're going to have to clarify who and what you're talking about.

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  • SKAugust 25, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    VOTE NO on this bond!!!! Not single voter should vote for this water bond. The only water bond that the voters should pass is a water bond that would put desalination plants at least ever 100 miles apart along the coast. They want to build more reservoirs??? Well the biggest one lies off our coast and will NEVER EVER be depleted, called the Pacific Ocean. power them up using what you ask (??), use wave or wind power. For now bring in modular temp units, than building more permanent ones later, and continue to use them, even after the drought ends, so they will not go into disrepair. And those two water tunnels (Moonbeams Peripheral Canal 2.0) that the voters said NO TO 1.0 back in the 80s will not be needed, should NOT BE BUILT. But now all that I said would make too much common sense for any of the M_R_N politicians we have today!!!!!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 28, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    SK: Desal is already here, but I agree, it's the final solution, at least for coastal cities. (It's way too expensive for production agriculture.) The reason it's not in this bond is the legislature is convinced there are still better options for most of the state. That is not entirely true, but to find out, we have to see what these other options will cost. The $2.7 billion for surface storage will probably not result in any projects because there will be no users willing to pay the cost once those are fully defined, with the possible exception of raising San Luis and/or Shasta. The legislature also probably has rightly surmised that desal doesn't require state financing in the first place.

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    Don’t wait to show love, appreciation............August 28, 2014 - 12:14 am ..... Nice thought, Murray. And we mustn't forget the random acts of kindness that enrich our lives, given or received. - Rick Wood

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