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There’s more to this debate

Posted: June 29, 2010 10:06 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Jim Holt’s front-page article in The Signal (“Lines drawn in salty river,” June 13) left out two critically important facts for this whole debate about chloride levels in the Santa Clara River, namely:

* The water provided to the Santa Clarita Valley by the State Water Project is already above the chloride level demanded by the state itself when it reaches our valley.

* There are many traditional crop choices available to downstream farmers that tolerate higher chloride levels (avocados, citrus, etc.), but growers have recently moved to growing the most sensitive crop (strawberries) for their own monetary gain. 

Seen in this light, it is clear that making SCV residents pay for a new $210 million salt-removing facility is not only idiotically expensive, it’s also patently unfair — but leave it to our Democratic Party-controlled (i.e., radical environmentalist, lawyer-paid) state to toss out common sense in the interest of endless lawsuits and needless spending.

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