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Why Palo Alto needs to slow development

Original post made by Resident 0.1, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2011

The article below explains why California's water problems aren't being solved by our elected officials. We have outgrown our water supply.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Why should Palo Alto slow development when Redwood City is allowing Cargill to develop the salt ponds in Redwood City?

You are penalizing the wrong City.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Auburn Dam and Round Mountain Dam would triple our available water as well as tripling our available hydro power. And the Endangered Species Act, currently the supreme law of the land, should be subject to the same trade-offs as any other law.


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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

To fill any dam or reservoir we need a continuous supply of snow in the Sierras. If our population remains about the same and the snow falls, we can sorta make it. If either users grow and we have droughts, we are in real trouble.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

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90% of our water today flows to the sea. Reduce that to 50% and we are set for the next century.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

"90% of our water today flows to the sea. Reduce that to 50% and we are set for the next century."

An easy mantra. But whatever happened to "The rain follows the plow?"


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

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"The rain follows the plow" was relevant only in the prairie states, where farmers were reliant on direct rainfall. In California, we irrigate.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Um, don't look too closely if you cherish your illusions, but they irrigate the prairie states farms too, from whatever rivers ain't bought up by the cities and by pumping from ever-deeper wells. Costs more all the time - supply and demand and all that.

Mantras just don't work in the real world.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2011 at 4:45 am

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"The rain follows the plow" was relevant only where direct rainfall was necessary for agriculture. It is not relevant in California.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:29 am

This is good. You are developing a healthy skepticism for mantras, and please use it to re-examine your own. They're nice and facile, but they're not real-world solutions.

BTW, in the 1800's the rain was indeed supposed to follow the plow to California, irrigating the settlers' crops with ample year-round moisture from the sky.


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

"90% of our water today flows to the sea."

Forget about the mantras - now old Walt's just pulling "facts" from his rear end!


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

It's even simpler. Anybody who believes we can afford to capture 44% of the fresh water they claim "flows to the sea" will find "the rain follows the plow" a much cheaper (and credible) alternative.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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Breech Shasta and Folsom and see how we prosper.


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