Droughts occur relatively frequently in California, and should not be surprises. There have been nine major droughts since 1900. Our elected officials need to develop a long-term reality-based Water Master Plan for California now. The current conflicts and confusion about meeting California's water needs demand that our elected officials work together now to solve our serious water problems for the long-term. With ...more »
I know similar ideas have been submitted. I beleive the pros for a plant are obvious, the Cons are expensive, big energy impact and the resulting brine. My suggestion would be to leverage the power of the ocean waves to supplement the energy need. It is expensive, but much more important than some of the transportation projects. The brine, can it be processed for useful material? Can it be put back in the ocean?
Pipeline from Midwest, East Coast to CA.
Take melting winter snow & send to CA in pipeline
& or from flood prone states like LA, AL, No FL
Tow Iceberg to CA from Arctic for water source & anchor off San Pedro area.
Pipeline can be estd already for use & changed for water only
Can tap Great Lakes too.
Or MN, ND area for water.
Use drones to scout water via sensors.
The broader issue: Last year, the Delta Stewardship Council convened a wide range of California’s water data best and brightest and articulated a key barrier: “Spreadsheets are circulated with calculations performed manually, producing unnecessary cost, opaque processes, and additional risk of error.” Translation: using Excel for everything. (It’s a useful tool but not a database folks!) droughtThe drought demands more ...more »
One of the most easy and straight forward ways to reduce water consumption is price adjustments.
Price adjustments can create an immediate change of consumption behavior and reduce the amount used in particular by stop wasting. However the matter is complex and different areas e.g. private and agriculture must be handled in the best possible way.
Government can end water shortage today with simple - Gates at the base of the New eastern Benicia Bridge which would add up to 7 million Acre Feet (MAF) in dry years and 38 MAF in wet years for people, Delta and faming. Not a dam, barrier or locks stopping all flow of water. Always an open section to allow boats and aquatic life to FREELY travel in and out of each zone. It would keep the Fresh Delta water separated from ...more »
Limit cities to growing commercial/housing development to greater of 1% or increase in available water storage. This is not an anti-growth agenda. I'm all for economic, development & housing growth but we must grow our water supply as well to correspond. Decades of bad planning has as much to do w/ the water shortage as the drought. If the voters approve such a plan, it will put political pressure on Sacramento, ...more »
Much easier for public to stomach than Toilet to Tap. Dedicate one of the Aqueducts to directly use the Water treatment plant output water mixed with Delta water for Farming only. This would involve Pipelines for carrying the water from the treatment plants to the Aqueduct plus water towers at plants for pressurize the water to be used and some pipelines to make sure that the reuse water is not used for anything other ...more »
Make regulations Uniform & penalize for abuse. IF NOT watering lawns then NO punishments IF over watering, set Fines. Uniform code statewide. Make up your minds. NO special treatment for rich either. IF so charge rich more IF abusing water Charge by Locale of abuse. IE citizens of Bev Hills pay more since resident/s abuse water. any city, town can sign onto this Uniform compact. Flexible by area, locale, zip code alone. ...more »
We cannot undo what happened with Flint Michigan's lead water crisis, but we can learn from it and build safeguards for a better future. We are trying to build a better America, and starting with the water quality in our education system is just the beginning. Our goal is to increase water quality awareness and promote positive changes to our water supply through cooperation from city governments and informed citizens. ...more »
SolAgra is committed to solving the major water issues in the Delta. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the water conveyance system of the State and Central Valley Water Projects have required major improvements for more than 40 years. Three major revisions to the conveyance system have been proposed by the State since 1978. Unfortunately, all three proposals have been essentially the same concept - divert water from ...more »
Our California water deficit has been growing like the National Debt—as the State apparently keeps withdrawing water while ignoring future needs. Each year's deficit adds to our cumulative water debt over time. A different and subtle type of State budget over-run. Arguably, in the past our governors and legislators have been kicking our water issues down the road—all the while praying for rain. As a remedy to our ...more »