1 Mar 2009, 9:41pm
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Water-vs.-ecosystem fight leaves out people who live here

By Michael Fitzgerald, Stockton Record, February 27, 2009 [here]

In the ominous Delta debate, south-state interests maneuver for reliable water. Environmentalists champion the ecosystem. No one gives high priority to the region.

Us. The Delta’s people. The Delta’s communities, economies, infrastructure, architecture, history, its other habitats and various ways of life.

“It’s not just a blank slate that can be written on by state officials,” state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, says. “It’s not just about the water, and it’s not just about the ecosystem. It’s about a place.”

Wolk spoke out this week at a hearing on the Delta Vision task force. The governor appointed the task force to find a solution to the Delta’s crisis.

Delta Vision straight away rubber-stamped a peripheral canal. It embraced two priorities: restoring and stewarding the Delta ecosystem and stabilizing the water supply.

Well, fine. But these pillars of policy leave a little something out: Drastic change to the Delta or water management policy may profoundly alter the lives of Delta residents.

Will the change be for the better? Well, consider government management of the Delta. The state and feds have managed the Delta into the intensive care unit.

The poor old dear is wheezing on the life support of water-export cutbacks and suspended fishing seasons. The thought that the same policymakers will impact our lifestyles is chilling. I’d rather turn the region over to Kim Jong Il. … [more]

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