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Let’s tap the Columbia River

Posted: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Recently I was privileged to hear a presentation on the water crisis in our state, and also our problems here in Santa Clarita, regarding a shortage of water and an over-abundance of salt in our discharge into the Santa Clara River.

There are signs of sound thinking on the horizon because it is being proposed to pipe the treated water to the other side of the Santa Clarita Valley to replenish our aquifer, which makes total sense. If we are going to treat the water being dumped into the wash we should reap the rewards.

Now to our water supply here in the state. We have lots of water going down the Sacramento River; however, we were told our pumps are old and subject to failure, so this is a questionable source for a constant supply.

Then I can recall also being informed that the pumps were not being used to capacity because there are endangered fish lurking around the inlets that the pumps could destroy.

Assuming the water in the Sacramento River is out of the picture, either due to old pumps or the danger of swallowing up the endangered Sacramento Wrinkle-back Carp, we have to look north to the Columbia River.

I have seen the Columbia River, and it is a monster, so let’s bring that water down south so we can farm the Central Valley and bathe here in Santa Clarita.

There is a problem; the water coming south would have to cross the Sacramento River Delta to get here, which means it has to go under or over the San Joaquin-Sacrament Delta.

Going over is out, so the next option is a water tunnel under the Delta, which is doable but it takes money, and our money is going to build a high- low-speed rail line down the Central Valley.

The folks in the Legislature have determined that the train is a priority, and drinking water and water for farming is secondary.

I don’t know about anyone else, but my first priority is having enough water to drink and to raise our food.

It’s not rocket science. You have to have water to live here, train or no train.



ricketzz: Posted: August 3, 2014 10:38 a.m.

Why is going over the delta not an option? It would cost way less than tunnels. Screw property rights; people are going to starve.

lars1: Posted: August 3, 2014 12:22 p.m.

The delta plan, building tunnels through the sacramento delta will cost $50 BILLION. It will not provide any new water sources for California.

I have seen mr aquaro's car. It is a monster. I would like to have it. Can I take your car mr aquaro? I don't think so. The people in Washington and Oregon wont allow California to steal their water either.
The columbia river is over 1000 miles from southern california. How much is it going to cost? Your comment makes me think you are a government worker who feels that they can take anyting the want.

Nitsho: Posted: August 3, 2014 1:03 p.m.

Lars. He's not a government worker, he's just delusional.

cj64: Posted: August 4, 2014 10:55 a.m.

A Government worker confirmed.,4049937

A member of the Fire Department just interested in keeping his pension by sucking the taxpayers.

ricketzz: Posted: August 4, 2014 11:26 a.m.

Why not a flexible pipe in the ocean, as opposed to going over land?

17trillion: Posted: August 4, 2014 4:06 p.m.

How about one of those sticks that point to where the water is in the ground ricketzz?

bbcalvin: Posted: August 4, 2014 5:43 p.m.

cj64: Im sure he pays taxes too. Anyway he is a City of LA firefighter so if you don't live in the City of LA then you dont have to worry about paying his pension.

Nitsho: Posted: August 4, 2014 6:12 p.m.

That's not him. At least according to him. He's a former news producer.

tech: Posted: August 5, 2014 12:11 a.m.

A divining rod, 17t? Rather than dowsing, I picture ricketzz handling snakes while praying to Gaia before environmental congregants.

tech: Posted: August 5, 2014 12:25 a.m.

Correct, bbcalvin. The LA City system isn't part of CalPERS.

Officials with the Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System, the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Systems and the Water and Power Pension System, which are not part of the state pension system, said they had made changes several years ago to address the concerns that CalPERS is now facing as retirees live longer.

ricketzz: Posted: August 5, 2014 10:03 a.m.

How about we re-flood the Owens Valley? That'll knock a few hundred miles off the trip and avoid the Delta.

Or we just scream gibberish and put up our flailing Kermit hands.

Is there an allocation plan for the Columbia river? I think the USA owns the big dam.

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