Highlights and Sticky Notes:Dan Logue and John Garamendi both have ideas on water, each of which merit consideration. But we're not sure they should be on the same stage.Garamendi wants to face off with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan with a far ranging and comprehensive set of points. Good. We need a serious challenge to the BDCP.
Logue's idea, it seems, is to keep it simple and cut to the chase mainly just on the issue of creating additional water storage. Good. It might be the only way something gets done in the foreseeable future.
The range that Garamendi takes is commendable. And somewhere along the line, ideally, our state would hash out such a comprehensive plan that benefits Northern California as much as Southern California.Garamendi subheads his proposal six ways — conservation, recycling, storage, fixing the Delta, science-driven process and protection of water rights. Each one of those issues is made up of a bunch of issues ... when could you expect Californians to agree on so much?
What Garamendi is doing needs to be done. It's the right tack in a battle of rhetoric.But it might be Logue's approach that has a chance of being accomplished sometime soon. He provided a guest commentary in Saturday's edition meant to rally grassroots support, asking voters to contact their legislators in support of his Assembly Bill 1445.AB 1445 would place a $5.8 billion statewide water bond before voters. Of that, $4.8 billion goes to increase ground and surface water storage, including Sites Reservoir near Maxwell. He's talking about a total of 3.1 million acre-feet of water. Another $1 billion would go to water quality measures.
That's about it, except for shoring up some guarantee of origin water rights. The thing with Logue's plan? If it gets through the Legislature, it then has to get through the ballot box. That's going to be the hard part.Tags: water, california, delta, Sites Resevoirby: rdifalco