Rocks are visible below the Headwall run as skiers make their way down a run at Squaw Valley Resort on Monday, December 30, 2013 in Olympic Valley, Calif. Lack of snow has left many resorts with runs full of obstacles, like rocks, grass and small trees for skiers and boarders to navigate on their way down the mountain. – Photo Sacramento Bee
Meanwhile, Jerry Meral is still arguing in favor of tunnels today – see Jerry Meral Viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee also January 4, 2014. It’s amazing how he can continue to justify his viewpoints when every paragraph in that story is either misleading or just untrue. See our rebuttal to Meral’s Viewpoint here: “Meral resigned, but is not gone”.
If the tunnels were already built, they would be sitting dry.
Tunnels will not help.
From 1982 when the Peripheral Canal was voted down until today, what has the state done to get ready for another drought? What if we’d started building water recycling and desalination plants and implemented real conservation projects like upgrades to the LA aging water pipelines? Instead of water contractors putting hundreds of millions of dollars into producing 40,000 pages of meaningless documentation to justify a water grab, what if the contractors had been investing in regional self-sufficiency like ground water clean-up, recycling and ground water recharge?
Perhaps 2014 would be a good year for the state to change direction and start implementing projects that will protect us all during drought years. Instead of spending $67 billion on tunnels, we should start investing today in real solutions.