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January 24, 2017

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The best part of that Bee editorial is the author's recognition of resource and environmental limits. That's an important step toward recognition of our state's gross overpopulation, which, among many major negative consequences, results in political cover for overexploitation of both renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Until such recognitions become the rule, we won't be able to kick growth addiction and begin the necessary changes toward a maintenance, aka "steady state," economy in line with reality.

Getting back to the moment, the major topic not being discussed publicly in the major media with the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its promise of paltry river-flow increases for the San Joaquin Valley is the marriage of the plan by California DWR and other politically dominated state and federal agencies with the California Waterfix as part of the state water plan (SWP). (How many reading this got the notification card for the "Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California Waterfix Final EIR/EIS" in the mail in December?) This reaffirms the dominating political nature of these water-planning maneuvers, as opposed to dealing with the physical limits and ecological realities of the state. By throwing a few modest crumbs their way, they get some conservationists desperate for improvement of the badly damaged rivers of the San Joaquin Valley to look away from the proposed significant increase of damage to the major watersheds and their rivers in the north part of the state and to the Delta. The Delta damage includes flows lost to the Big Ag-serving and Big Development-serving underground peripheral canal that Brown and his anti-environment political cronies sold to the electorate in Prop. 1 a few years ago. Even with all the fake sincerity in the genuflecting of the environmental impact reports, what California gets in this round overall is more, much more, of the same artificial tinkering with its most important natural resource in a SWP that was already clearly an oversized, unsustainable failure a half century ago.

There’s a great guest editorial on the Bay Delta Plan in the Sacramento Bee. You can view it online at http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article124836509.html

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