Calling forest fires, the rising temperatures and our drought “an atmospheric fact of life” from one side of his mouth while ridiculing from the other side of his mouth those who propose dams and water storage is perhaps the most questionable thing I’ve personally heard California’s governor say.
Except for that little part where he thought policing agriculture more might be “good advice.”
The story is short but it says volumes about California’s leadership as Gov. Jerry Brown spoke again to reporters behind a sign that read: “Keep California moving fix the roads.”
After decades of neglecting California’s roads, there is now a public push to fix them. Based on this late-stage effort to address the state’s broken roads, perhaps in 40 or 50 years after the Central Valley takes on the appearance of the Atacama Desert, will future California leaders be standing in front of the media decrying how previous generations neglected water infrastructure.
By then it’ll be too late.
Telling Californians that the state has not been “aggressive enough” in policing the use of groundwater while blocking all human access to our surface water is beyond believable.
Equally unbelievable are state and federal regulators who continue to hide in their ivory cathedrals behind court documents and bureaucratic excuses while they flush trillions of gallons of water down rivers to the benefit of a handful of fish and the detriment of human beings.
The latest example of experimenting with fish flows during an historic drought comes out of Trinity County and the move by the Bureau of Reclamation to ostensibly help sick salmon in the Klamath River by draining Trinity Reservoir. This comes after tens of thousands of acre feet of water was flushed down the Stanislaus River to coax less than a dozen fish back to the Delta where they were likely consumed by predatory bass.
It is appalling the path that California has been pushed along by this governor and his allies. Had California simply embarked on water storage projects after the 1977 drought with the same sanity that led to the construction of dams during World War II we wouldn’t be draining our aquifers dry and watching the San Joaquin Valley literally collapse.
Maybe those espousing the kinds of environmental laws and rules that have led us to this point have known all along what they were doing and should be congratulated for achieving what enemies of the United States have tried but failed to accomplish over the years.