Wayne Lusvardi 
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Re: “A Solution for California's Water Woes

According to hydrologist Michael Campana of Oregon State University, fracking uses only 0.00062% of all freshwater withdrawals in California each year (see Water Wired, April 9, 2015).

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Posted by Wayne Lusvardi on 07/16/2015 at 6:35 AM

Re: “A Solution for California's Water Woes

As someone who worked for a large urban water agency for 20 years, I found this article disappointing. Farmers had their water allocations cut back 95% last year and will probably have their water curtailed 80% this year.

Cities have been ordered to cut back usage by an average of 25%. But big coastal cities that rely mostly on imported water from drought stricken northern California reservoirs have to only cut back usage by 4% to 8%, while inland urban areas such as, say, Palm Springs area have to cut back by 36%.

But the Palm Springs area uses no critical imported northern California water while Los Angeles uses 81% imported water; Oakland-Richmond 88%; and San Francisco 100%. It is big coastal cities, not small, wealthy cities such as Beverly Hills, Newport Beach or Central Valley farmers, that have mostly drained northern California reservoirs.

A 2008 U.S. Geological Survey Study titled "Water Supply and Yield Study" concluded that by 2030 agricultural water use in California will shrink from 42% to 12% and urban and environmental use will rise from 58% to 88%. Where will cities get that water if no, or not enough, new reservoirs are built?

By demonizing farmers, water will be taken from them water under the Public Trust Doctrine in the California Water Code as an "unreasonable" use of water. Growing food will become an unreasonable use of water. But is it any more unreasonable than Silicon Valley computer centers, Disneyland, or land use policies that divert new housing construction to big coastal cities which are most dependent on imported water (AB 375)? Anti-urban sprawl policies are a disaster as far as water planning goes because inland areas of the state have greater water supplies.

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Posted by Wayne Lusvardi on 07/16/2015 at 6:23 AM

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