Is Voice Of Our Valley On The State’s Water Board?
By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Founding Publisher
July 19, 2018
Everything has been said about the effects
of the State Water Board’s decision to increase the
amount of water to be taken from the San Joaquin Valley
There are two sides battling for the water. The farm and
agricultural side and the environmental and fish side.
The ones who make the decision are hand picked by a governor
who will be leaving office soon. They are hardly representative
of the state, and there is no representation of the San
Joaquin Valley on the Board.
In the past, there has always been one member who represented
the valley and its agricultural use of the water.
Instead of open discussion of what is fair to all concerned,
the State Water Board is used to giving ultimatums. Or they
will hold a meeting at Christmas time when water is not
on the top of everyone’s list.
Water is too important to deligate to a Board made up of
people who simply mouth the words of Governor Jerry Brown.
It is bad enough to have to depend on a State Legislature
which is out of balance in favor of voting for laws which
benefit big cities at the expense of rural California.
This Board has no representation. It is not answerable to
anyone but the Governor, and it can be bought and sold depending
on who has the money or power to do it.
The real person in control of the board is the Governor
of the State of California. Be assured that Jerry Brown
has his stamp of approval on what is going on with the disposition
of water in the state.
Will it change once he is out of office? Only if there is
a change in party can there be any hope for a change in
the State Water Board.
Please note: The decisions which are being inacted are being
done now when there are only four months before a new Governor
is elected. Wouldn’t it make sense to wait at least
until the new Governor can review the issues regarding water
Those decisions may not change, however, on the rare chance
that the new Governor does not see things the way Governor
Jerry Brown sees them, there might be a chance that he would
select his own appointments to the State Water Board, and
they will have a fresh approach to the problem of water
in the State of California.
Californians have passed bonds to increase the amount of
water storage, but the money has been spent elsewhere. Clearly
there is not enough water to go around.
The agricultural interests of the state are already being
threatened by the potential trade war. Why slap an additional
penalty on the farmer by taking away more valley water?
It just doesn’t make sense.
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