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A peripheral canal: In Lodi and Galt, what's at stake?

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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:00 pm

Mark Twain is credited with saying, "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over." Nowhere does that phrase seem more relevant than in California.

State Senate President Pro TemDarrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is leading the movement to have comprehensive water reform for California in place by the end of the week.

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  • posted at 11:29 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    June 74---- You have had to much Kool-Aid, switch to decafe.

  • posted at 10:53 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    Divided the States North & South California so it can't stand. How about pipeline from Alaska??? Ice just melting into the Pacific Ocean!!!

  • posted at 10:46 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    Since the Peripheral Canal is all about sending NorCal water south, I have said this many times before, instead of a canal, SoCal could and should build a desalination plant to serve the people of the LA area. San Louis Obispo and Oceanside California already have their own plants in operation. The cost of a desalination plant would cost in the billions, never the less the supply of fresh water would constant, leaving NoCal water and the Delta alone. This subject has never come up or discussed by the political hacks in Sacto., perhaps it`s time.

  • posted at 8:53 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    Whoa: I think we should SELL every single drop of our precious Northern California fresh water resource to the export pumps at Tracy (which collectively serves the Valley farmers and SoCal, as I understand it) rather than just let it run out to sea...BUT ONLY AFTER: a) All of the Delta and Bay Estuary's ecological needs are met (this verified by continuous impartial scientific monitoring); and: b) ALL of our own Northern California agricultural, municipal, and industrial needs are fully met. THEN AND ONLY THEN- Any and all surplus water that remains after (a)+(b) are fully satisfied, I think its only right and logical to allow export of it to those who need it, rather than waste it to the sea. Fresh water is way too precious to allow that to happen.

  • posted at 7:46 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    JR- I agree with you 99% of what you said. All except that last part about take the water out after it flows thru the Delta. Are you suggesting it is OK to send it to LA? I am 110% opposed to that idea. Our valley farmers need that water to grow food! Water is a valuable commodity- supply & demand- low water supply means a higher price per acre foot. Translation- higher food prices.

  • posted at 5:21 am on Wed, Sep 9, 2009.


    What this article is not PERFECTLY CLEAR about is the following: The new Peripheral Canal -planned to be 1000' wide- would divert a huge portion of the incoming Sacramento River above Walnut Grove (ie, north of the actual Delta) and send it directly down to the export pumps down near Tracy. That sweet upstream fresh water would CEASE to flow thru the Delta. Currently, those Tracy export pumps take the water AFTER it has flowed thru the Delta. This enormous loss of fresh water would invite saltwater intrusion into the Delta and would severely impact the "flushing" that this fresh water flow now provides. THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF AN UPSTREAM WATER GRAB. There is NO WAY it will be "good" for the Delta- that's just common sense. If the fish are the problem down at the pumps, I say improve the intake system down there to rectify that...but take the water ONLY AFTER it flows COMPLETELY THRU the Delta as it ALWAYS HAS for mankind's recorded history.



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