Calif. Water Mgmt. Fails Epically

Monday, 04 Aug 2014 10:55 AM

By Michael Reagan

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Long before Al Gore went off the deep end over global warming, my home state of California was experiencing climate extremes. In fact Mark Twain, a former resident of San Francisco, used to complain that everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
 
Currently the state is experiencing the most severe drought since 1877 when record-keeping began.
 
The Los Angeles Times reports, “In June, nearly 80 percent of California was considered to be under "extreme" and "exceptional" drought conditions, the highest categories of dryness, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.”
 
But it’s not like this is California’s first drought. And although it would be hard to persuade homeowners with mini-deserts where front yards with grass was formerly found, Scott Stine, professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay was quoted by the San Jose Mercury News as saying, “The past century has been among the wettest of the last 7,000 years.”
 
In response to the shortage of water, the California Water Resources Board wants to institute a punitive fine of $500/day for people it calls “water hogs.”
 
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But I think Thomas Del Beccaro, writing in Forbes, has a better idea: Let’s fine the board for failing to do its job over the last 40 years.
 
He explains, “California is the most populated state in the Union, with more than 38 million people. Its population was just under 20 million in 1970, when the bulk of its current water storage and delivery systems were already built. In other words, the California governments have done very little to significantly increase water supplies in over 40 years, even though its population has doubled during that period of time.”
 
Instead of realizing that “water” was its middle name, the board has been made captive by enviro-Nazis who think people in general are the enemy. Rather than build dams and reservoirs to keep up with a growing population, state government has preferred to depend on the kindness of clouds to provide water for taxpayers.
 
Then the clouds stopped being kind.
 
Felicia Marcus, chairman of the water board, exemplifies the arrogant, buck-passing mentality of its members: “I like to say, having a browning lawn and a dirty car is a badge of honor.”
 
No Felicia, the dead grass and filthy car are the result of a do-nothing board that should be thrown out on its ear.
 
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 
 
 

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