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  •  The Peripheral Canal well known in CA politics (4+ / 0-)
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    Marcus Graly, bumiputera, Woody, CABlueDog

    The issue is whether to dig a canal plotted out nearly 100 years ago which would allow movement of freshwater from the Delta to Central and Southern California. As an engineering project, it has pluses and minuses, but in general it's seen as both a threat to irrigation waters in Northern California (did you know about America's rice belt in Northern California? Well, there is one) but also to the delicate balance of saline and fresh water in the amazing Delta ecosystem. It's probably a bad idea but it's also a lightning rod issue that crosses party lines. Anybody dumb enough to support the peripheral canal is likely in the thrall of an interest from outside the Congressional District, since it's widely viewed (not entirely correctly, but not entirely wrongly) as being Southern Cal stealing Northern Cal's water.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 05:59:04 AM PDT

    •  Water in California... (1+ / 0-)
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      CABlueDog

      Votes on Water projects in California are Geographical not Party based... If a successful vote ever comes to divide California into two states it will come because a Statewide referendum passed which is for a project which will send Northern California's water south and Northern California wants out of the state rather than allow the water to be pumped...

    •  Jack Nicholson in a Chinatown remake? (0+ / 0-)

      I drifted into reading a recent diary here about the Peripheral Canal.

      One environmental problem is that nobody has convincingly explained how the giant pumps could possibly suck up the enormous amounts of water from the Delta to fill the irrigation canals flowing south, without sucking up (and killing) enormous numbers of fish and other water life.

      Of course, in agriculture, land ownership + water = big money. Of course, big money does not give a damn about some f-ing fish. And big money does get into politics.

      This background story reminds me of Jack Nicholson in the film great Chinatown.

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