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When green is not “green”

Let’s look at development in arid regions of the state. We really hate to quote the Public Policy Institute of California, creator of the Apocalypse vision of the Delta. But in a 2005 report, “Lawns and Water Demand in California,” the PPIC estimated that the amount of irrigated landscaping in California equaled the size of Westlands Water District.According to our own researcher, Deirdre Des Jardins, “The report says that California’s Landscape Task Force concluded that outdoor use constitutes about half of residential demand in the state (California Urban Water Conservation Council, 2005), which was about 5.8 MAF in 2005, according to the 2005 California Water Plan.“That would mean that residential landscaping uses as much as 2.9 MAF of water - [...]

What percentage of California’s water comes from the Delta?

While calling for smarter use of the water we have (a subject short-changed by the water bond), we need to keep pointing out the flawed implication in DWR’s oft-reported statement that two-third of Californians are served by water from the Delta.The suggestion, always, is that the well-being of a large percentage of Californians depends on fixing this fragile region we call the Delta.Really, how many Californians rely on water from the Delta?There are lots of questions here, including what constitutes reliance on water from a particular source. If you rely on that source, how much do you “need”? Enough to drink? That plus enough to flush your toilet, shower, and run your garbage disposal? All those plus enough to wash [...]

Despite Lack of Public Support, Legislature Delays Bad Water Bond Instead of Dumping it Altogether

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Roger Salazar (916) 284-1255 No on Proposition 18: Despite Lack of Public Support, Legislature Delays Bad Water Bond Instead of Dumping it Altogether Bond's prospects just as poor in 2012 as it is in 2010Sacramento, August 9 - Members of the No on Proposition 18 Coalition today agreed with legislators who admitted that the $11 billion water bond is immensely unpopular with voters, but did not expect support to improve by 2012, when the measure is now scheduled to be placed on the ballot."The bond is bad now and it will be bad two years from now," said Elanor Starmer, Western Region Director of Food & Water Watch, a consumer group organizing against the water bond. "The Governor [...]

Urgent Alert: Stop the $11 Billion Water Bond, Call your legislators today!

Dear Friends, Call your legislator today: No on A.B. 1265! No water bond! We've just heard that the California Legislature is taking up a bill on Monday that would move Proposition 18, the $11 billion water bond, to the 2012 ballot. This is a huge mistake. The bond should be scrapped entirely, not postponed. Can you call your legislators today and ask them to vote NO on A.B. 1265? A vote for A.B. 1265 is a vote for the water bond, and we don't want that! We've done the research and found that the main beneficiaries of the bond would be developers, construction companies and corporate agribusinesses -- the same interests that have overused and polluted our water in the [...]

No on A.B. 1265 – No on postponing the water bond to 2012

The No on 18 campaign today announced its opposition to A.B. 1265, a bill to postpone the $11billion water bond from this November's ballot to 2012. "A vote for A.B. 1265 is a vote for the water bond," said Jim Metropulos of the Sierra Club California. "Legislators should do what's right for California and vote down this attempt to delay the measure - not try to hoodwink voters by postponing it for two years." Governor Schwarzenegger proposed postponing the measure to 2012 when polling numbers showed low support for the bond, which would cost California taxpayers $22 billion over 30 years to fund projects such as the construction of new dams. "Voters know that the bond is bad for California," said [...]

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