C-WIN’s Carolee Krieger wrote a letter to the editor in the Moorpark Acorn about an article on the BDCP. The Calleguas Water District responded back to her letter. All 3 items are below.
Conservation plan is flawed
Many thanks to Anna Bitong for covering the Calleguas Municipal Water District’s endorsement of the Bay Area Conservation Plan.
As Ms. Bitong states, however, critics of this scheme are numerous and for a very good reason: it is ruinously expensive and environmentally destructive, and it will not achieve its putative goal of increasing water deliveries to southern California ratepayers.
Why is the BDCP doomed to failure? Because it is a mere water conveyance system, not a procurement system.
California’s developed water supplies are dependent on snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, the Shasta/Trinity Mountains and the Cascade Mountains. In fact, California water rights claims exceed the amount of available water by more than five times.
The massive twin tunnels that would be authorized by the BDCP will do nothing to augment state water supplies. During drought years—such as the one we are now experiencing—the tunnels will run at a trickle.
And just what is the expense for this useless white elephant? The Brown administration’s current estimate stands at $67 billion. But state infrastructure projects, as we all know, typically post massive cost overruns.
Independent analysts put the final tab for the twin tunnels at around $100 billion, inclusive of all debt service and maintenance costs.
Resistance to the twin tunnels is growing, so the Brown administration is attempting to subvert public will by lobbying urban water districts to impose ad valorem taxes on property owners. Under a loophole in state law, such a water tax can avoid Proposition 13 proscriptions on raising property taxes without a public vote.
This clearly would be water taxation without representation, and it represents a cynical disregard for participatory democracy by the Brown administration. Don’t let them get away with it.
Krieger is the executive director of the California Water Impact Network
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