Tales from a Water Warrior

Relevant to the prior Mono Lake article urging Governor Newsom to not rely on “voluntary agreements” to solve our current water crisis and instead let the Water Board do their job and mandate restrictions,

Deirdre Des Jardins, one of the constant and effective independent warriors in the Water Wars, wrote this insightful article about her efforts the past years to bring science to the Delta battle. It’s worth a read, as she illustrates the effort it takes to do this battle.

Image of the SWRCB Hearing Officer, Tam Doduc, muring the Oct 2, 2021 hearing. Taken by Deirdre Des Jardins.

In particular, she relates the “State Water Resources Control Board’s WaterFix Water Right Change Petition Hearing took place from July of 2016 to September of 2018. It was the largest water rights hearing in 50 years, involving over 110 parties and over 85 attorneys. I participated in the entire hearing. In addition to testifying on impacts of climate change, operations modeling, and reservoir operations for drought.”

Save the California Delta Alliance also participated in those hearings. Michael Brodsky attended days on end. Mike Guzzardo, Captain Frank Morgan (of the Rosemarie), Bill Wells, me, and others went to Sacramento and testified. (I only spent a few days there. Deirdre was relentless).

Worth the read – meet Deirdre.


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