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The Looming Water Disaster in California

Original post made by Resident, Meadow Park, on Mar 31, 2010

It’s all about the Peripheral Canal, a massive, multi-billion dollar aqueduct that would bypass the Delta region altogether and tap into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River further upstream, essentially allowing corporate farmers and Southern California’s real estate tycoons to cut to the front of the Delta water line and have direct access to Northern California’s water. Any major levee repairs would squelch one of the main reasons—water safety—being used to justify the construction of the aqueduct, which would cost up to $40 billion and require the use of eminent domain to clear the path for its 50-mile run up north from pumping stations at the southern end of the Delta to the southern border of Sacramento.

The Peripheral Canal is more than just about cutting Delta farmers out of the game and taking their water. It is part of a bigger, more long-term strategy by a handful of farmers and urban water districts to lay down infrastructure that would enable the creation of a full-fledged "water market" that would allow them to acquire and sell Northern California’s water to the highest bidder, like any other commodity. Web Link

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United States Geological Service
California’s Department of Water Resources
2005 Public Citizen’s report
Environmental Working Group

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Water under the bridge is an appropriate term for wasted opportunity. Every year the opportunity to make beneficial use of the combine waters of California's rivers is largely lost because of our failure to continue the development of the water infrastructure largely responsible for making California possible. With an Iron Mountain Dam and an Auburn Dam amd as delivery system California can continue to feed the world while giving its people a life envied by the world.

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