[env-trinity] A Major Issue that Needs Your Help

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 15 11:52:50 PDT 2007




Here's some background on the issue:  


Senator Dianne Feinstein is holding closed door Hearings on Westlands Water
District's (WWD) and Bureau of Reclamation's (BOR) proposal(s) to turn over
major portions of the Central Valley Project to WWD, to elevate WWD's
contract to a status that allows for no reductions in low water years, to
provide it with 800,000 acre feet of water a year for 60 years, to eliminate
its obligation to repay its portion of capital costs of the Central Valley
Project, to slash its reimbursement of Operation and Maintenance costs for
the Central Valley Project, and other benefits.  Why does this matter to
you?  Because WWD receives most of the Trinity River's water.


If you calculate the urban retail value of 800,000 acre-feet, that is, at a
conservative $500 an acre-foot (Representative Grace Napolitano, Chair of
the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power says its $600 an
acre foot in Southern California), that totals $400 million a year times 60
years or $24 billion for 400-500 irrigators, many of whom are in the same
family.  And this assumes that California water prices remain static -
completely unlikely. They will increase substantially, but not WWD's costs,
if any, for the water.


All of this supposedly is in return for WWD accepting the obligation to
clean up its toxic drainage problem that pollutes the San Joaquin River and
San Francisco Bay Delta.  None - not one - of the proposed clean up
proposals is proven, and one would provide for a large number of
mini-Kesterson reservoirs to hold polluted runoff. Kesterson was the site of
horrendous waterfowl deformities in the mid-1980s until it was closed down
because of that problem.


Please sign and send the Petition TODAY.  If you want more information, let
me know


Thank you.





Byron Leydecker

Friends of Trinity River, Chair

California Trout, Inc., Advisor

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 

415 519 4810 cell

bwl3 at comcast.net

bleydecker at stanfordalumni.org






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