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Letter: Southern California should desalinate its ocean water

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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 am

Is California experiencing a drought? Yes! Should we all be doing our part to conserve? Yes!

Here’s the bottom line: Northern California has been victimized by the southern end of our state for as long as I can remember. When you have the votes to buy off politicians, you take what you want and pass any legislation that benefits you at the expense of the rest of us.

All around us we are forced to watch our rivers shrink, our lakes dry up, and our resources shrivel and die. It’s cheaper and easier to rob us of our water then do the right thing by developing an economic means of removing salt from our vast oceans.

There is no way that diverting tons of water from one end of the state to the other can have anything but a devastating effect on our climate and weather. This practice, I am convinced, is in large part responsible for the prolonged drought we are experiencing.

As if that isn’t enough, our beloved governor believes we need to construct several more tunnels to devastate this region even further.

As for Felicia Marcus’ statement of the water resource board, “Having a browning lawn and a dirty car is a badge of honor,” I think it would more wisely be called a “shield of shame.” If you want to live that way, move to the southern end of the state. That end of the state was never meant to be anything but a desert anyway. While you’re at it, shut off the pipeline so we can recover our lakes, rivers and the natural beauty that was meant to be Northern California.

Lyle Nachand

Lodi

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