California’s Water Future Is Everyone’s Future.
Preserve the California Delta Watershed
THE TIME IS NOW!
ENFORCE THE PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE!*
*THE PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE, AS PART OF BOTH THE U.S. AND CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTIONS, REQUIRES A DETAILED QUANTIFICATION OF THE ENTIRE CALIFORNIA DELTA WATERSHED THAT INCLUDES 25,000,000 PEOPLE, COMMUNITY BUSINESSES AND FARMS, ANIMALS, FISHERIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. UNTIL NOW, NO ONE HAS BEEN WILLING TO FUND IT.
- In the Santa Barbara Report, California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) has documented the fundamental problems associated with the importation and distribution of State Water Project water.
These findings have shown the ominous fiscal consequences for Santa Barbara County generally and for the South Coast water districts specifically: The City of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Montecito. Costs estimated for construction of Governor Brown’s Twin Tunnel/ CA WaterFix would add to the burden, forcing these agencies even closer to insolvency.
Meanwhile ratepayers are responding to the price elasticity of supply and demand by using less water, resulting in declining district revenue. (Read full Santa Barbara Report here)
- “Californians must . . . change their relationship toward the environment and water.”
The declining health of California’s water systems, combined with the growing challenge of climate change, calls on us to rethink how we use and manage water. Water is a public and environmental good, of a critical, life-sustaining nature.
As such, the basic water needs of both humans and natural systems must be prioritized over other water uses. However, not only are we failing to meet basic needs, but we are also inefficiently and inequitably allocating water more generally around the state.
As a result, both California’s people and environment struggle with current and future threats to water reliability. (Read full independent academic analysis here)