Any funds for repair and maintenance of dams?

Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 During California Gov. Gray Davis's administration, a study of California's 1,250 public and private dams found that only a handful were fully compliant with safety regulations. In this year of drought panic, there are nearly countless bills in some Western state legislatures and in Congress, the main thrusts of which are to override environmental law and regulation to provide more water for farming and municipal use. We've done a survey of them in too many news articles to mention and have found reference in only one bill to "upgrades" to groundwater and surface water storage facilities -- state Sen. Lois Wolk's modest $6.8-billion bill to create a proposition for statewide vote this November. (1) This would represent the adult view, albeit Wolk represents the Delta and has an interest in protecting the communities and farms in this richest-of-all farmland regions in the state.

For the children's perspective, we refer you to the House of Representative's Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act of 2014 (2), authored by two dimwit knuckleheads from the south San Joaquin Valley, reps. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, and David Valadao, R-Hanford, worthy successors of the infamous Pomboza, (reps. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced and Annapolis MD), who made four unsuccessful attempts to assassinate the federal Endangered Species Act for the benefit of finance, insurance and real estate oligarchs of the north San Joaquin Valley. Our local oligarchs produced great slurb and then three cities with the consistently highest per capita foreclosure rates in the nation: Merced, Modesto and Stockton.

The weather prediction for the winter of 2014-15 is a 52-percent chance for a moderate to strong El Nino, which would bring normal to heavy rains to California. (3)

In the midst of all the political effort to follow the advice of the Gnome of Chicago, Raum Emmanuel, to capitalize on crisis, the pols -- the the exception of Wolk whose bill is too sane for the California Legislature -- are floating pork barrels, and who knows? maybe a year from now the funding for these projects will be completely useless for the floods that could well result from a strong El Nino. -- blj

(1)3-22-14, San Jose Mercury, "California drought: So many water bonds, so little time," By Jessica Calefati 

(2) 1-20-14, Fresno Bee, "GOP pushes California drought bill Democrats call irresponsible," BY MICHAEL DOYLE.

(3)3-5-14, Yahoonews.com (AP) "Here comes El Nino; good news for US weather woes," By SETH BORENSTEIN. 

 

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