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Better alternatives to the Bay-Delta water grab

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Friday, January 17, 2014
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From Sierra Club California reports

Gov. Jerry brown on Jan. 17 declared a state of emergency because of California's serious drought conditions. Many cities and counties have beguns to feel the effects and have imposed water restrictions.

One idea that's been pushed is the governor's plan to build giant tunnels to directly divert water from the Sacramento River to areas south of the Bay Delta. This is a project the Sierra Club opposes. The Club prepared a white paper on alternatives to the Bay Delta tunnel plan -- ones that include strategies the state and regions should be investing in to respond to ongoing drought conditions.

View or download the report and its important findings.

Learn more about water issues and how to get involved in protecting our water sources from Angeles Chapter's Water Committee.

 

4 comments

Hi Sierra Club-

As an LA resident and member, I would love to see a specific tip sheet/bullet list of things state residents can do to save water during the drought! If you create it on Facebook, it could be posted and shared easily.

I'm part of a large volunteer group and can share with over 2500 members if you send me a link. Please email to me and I'll help promote: steve.gratwick@gmail.com

Thanks for all you do!
-Steve

About 10% of the states water is used by Northern California, another 10% is used by Southern California, 80% IS USED BY FARMERS. Now farming is important but farmers have no reason to use less, they are afraid if they use less that they will get less so they use as much as they can. There are lots of farming techniques that would consume less water but they are not used. Since they constitute 80% of water usage even a small improvement would make a major difference in water consumption.

I wonder if this propasal was sent to Jerry Brown .

What is the position of the Sierra Club on desalination plant? A single desalination plant can create 50 million gallons of fresh water a day. Creating fresh water through desalination plants reduces stress on natural aquifers, streams, lakes and wetlands.

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