Petition to California Governor
Stop punishing California Residents. The water problem is YOUR FAULT!
We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough! On the other hand, YOU have done nothing to prepare the State for water shortages and increased population. Blaming the weather is flatout irresponsible. You had plenty of warning. Our water system is old and not capable of sustaining growth or lack of rain. 1. Time for YOU to get to work. Find ways to bring water to the State: Water desalinization – Better, efficient, solar-powered technology is available now. The biggest ocean in the world is right next to us. Waterpipe from Oregon/Washington States. The Columbia River dumps millions of gallons of water to the ocean everyday. Find a way to buy that water and build a pipeline to supply our aqueducts. Talented American engineers are working in the Middle East turning deserts into tropical paradises. Consult with them. The technology is available. 2. Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction! Your mandate for us to cut our water usage by 25% will have serious and irreversible effects to our Eco-system: We spent years planting trees, grass and plants, making our cars more efficient and reducing pollution to clean our air quality. We can’t go back to pollution. Air quality and greenhouse gases will create a man-made climate change. By reducing the irrigation of our gardens, we will be killing our grass, plants and trees. This will reduce the amount of oxygen producing organisms and increase our CO2 levels affecting our greenhouse gases, damaging our air quality and increasing the number of people suffering from respiratory and pulmonary diseases. Reduced production of healthy California produce: You are asking farmers to decrease their water usage. This will also reduce the amount of produce grown in California and kill our farming industry. The unacceptable alternative would be to import produce from China and other non-FDA regulated countries that use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. You will seriously harm our health! California is one of the most beautiful states in the Nation. By destroying our gardens and trees, our property values will decrease. This will have negative consequences by reducing the amount the State and local municipalities collect in taxes. The reduced consumption or water will increase water pressure and instability in the old pipes and infrastructure in our larger cities. Bursts underground pipes waste more water per minute than the water we could “save” by reducing our water usage in weeks. Your punishing actions and unacceptable mediocrity are driving people away from California. STOP! 3. Money is NOT an issue: You have budgeted billions of dollars to build a high-speed train, support entitlements for undocumented workers and unnecessary government projects and bureaucracy. This is an EMERGENCY. Re-allocate funds to get water into our States NOW! The State is collecting unprecedented and unfair amounts of money in the “Global Warming Tax”. Use this money to prevent further global warming. We need our plants, trees and grass to reduce CO2 levels and prevent further climate change. Initiate investigations into corruption, nepotism and waste of resources in ALL of the State’s water agencies. For example: Do we really need over 5,000 people making over $130,000 per year in salary in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power? 200 of them make over $250,000 per year. This is flat out corruption! 4. Mediocrity is UNACCEPTABLE: California is the world leader when it comes to innovation, technology and human progress. We have some of the best research universities in the world like Caltech, USC, Stanford, Berkeley and others. Some of the best technology companies and the brightest minds in the world are headquartered in California. Start an immediate program to fund research and solutions for the water mismanagement problem. Bring engineers and consultants from Israel to train our farmers on the water utilization techniques they use. Just like Space X did it for space travel, create a State-funded contest and with a prize of $10 million dollars to the entity or individual that can find better solutions. With all these resources at your disposal, it is just impossible to believe that the only solution you can find is to further punish the citizens for your mistakes and lack of action. Get off your comfortable seats and comfy offices and GET TO WORK! Time to act and work for US, the people that pay your salaries, the citizens of California!
Petition to Jennifer Lucchesi
Solar-powered desalination on California Coast
The Southwest is running out of water. Converting the decommissioned San Onofre facility to a solar-powered desalination plant could generate 1.1 billion gallons of freshwater every day - offsetting the current amount being drained from the Colorado River to supply water to Southern California cities. To make this conversion to solar-powered desalination a reality, we need to ensure that San Onofre Units 2&3 seawater inlet and discharge conduits are preserved for possible future use with a regional scale solar-powered desalination plant. Our vision embraces regional scale, solar-powered desalination to create a climate-proof watershed for continued ecological, social and economic vitality. We aim to produce new, clean, drinking water from seawater using the proven reverse osmosis (RO) process at a plant on the California coast. This new water will offset water now being pumped from the Colorado River to serve Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas, leaving more water available to meet the needs of inland Colorado River water users. This approach provides an additional 1,300,000 acre-feet of water available to Upper and Lower Colorado Basin users. Our goal is to protect the families, farmers, environment and sustainable growth of the American Southwest. People. Water is a human right. Agriculture. We value the farmers, families, and way of life in the American Southwest. We need a new, reliable large-scale water source in order to sustain and protect the productive agriculture and vibrant growth that drives us forward. Environment. By creating new water, the SolRio Project reduces stress on our lakes and rivers, revitalizing precious ecosystems and protecting key species. We strive to minimize all environmental impacts of our desalination process. Sustainability. We believe in a sustainable future – one that ensures access to water resources for future generations, while protecting the quality of our environment. By using electricity generated by solar power plants, we avoid expense and pollution of fossil fuel generation. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Jim Costa, Mike Honda, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Sam Farr, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Lois Capps, Steve Knight, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman, Grace Napolitano, Ted Lieu, Xavier Becerra, Norma Torres, Raul Ruiz, Karen Bass, Linda Sanchez, Ed Royce, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mark Takano, Ken Calvert, Maxine Waters, Janice Hahn, Mimi Walters, Loretta Sanchez, Alan Lowenthal, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Duncan Hunter, Juan Vargas 2, Scott Peters, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898
We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams. We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment. We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon!
Petition to Michael T. Hogan, Augustus (Augie) Daddi, Greg Gruzdowich, Marlene King, Alan Smerican, Mark Weston
San Diego Does NOT Have A Water Shortage - Stop Politically Motivated Cuts and Rate Rises
Tell your local water board leaders you want them to tell the truth about water, and sue Jerry Brown to remove his politically motivated water cuts and rate increases: 1. There is no water shortage in San Diego, today or for the foreseeable future. 2. San Diego has been a model of water conservation and innovation to create water solutions for the future. 3. By executive order, Jerry Brown has penalized our careful investments in water supply, and imposed a potentially permanent tax that could cause the citizens to pay more then $673 million per year, while producing no new water. Summary Jerry Brown and local water boards have been pushing a false narrative, that there is a water supply emergency in every corner of our great State. But the truth is plain to those who have worked in this field for years: There was no water shortage in San Diego County in 2015 nor is one expected for 2016 or beyond. The San Diego County Water Authority states on its website that: “While many parts of the state are experiencing significant water supply shortages, the Water Authority did not experience cut-backs to its imported water supply sources in 2014, and it has virtually all of the water necessary to meet projected demands in 2015 as well.” In its long range water resources plan, the City of San Diego lays out the reasonable investments that are in process that will ensure water security for our region for decades to come. For example, San Diego County has a new supply of water (from the Carlsbad desal plant) equal to approximately 7-10% of our normal annual needs that came on line in December 2015. If we do cut water use as mandated by the Governor our water bills will rise as much as 40% or more! Even today, water stored in our reservoirs is rising rapidly, not declining. As of January 2016, in San Diego we have 25 Billion gallons MORE water in our reservoirs than we had the same time last year. Using water efficiently is always the right thing to do; so is sharing the truth about our water supply. The Model San Diego County is actually a model for water supply diversification and preparedness, as a result of the San Diego County Water Authority’s 25 years of planning and investment to ensure supply reliability even during periods of drought. The San Diego County Water Authority, under the leadership of Maureen Stapleton, is the regional water agency that provides the water used in San Diego County, supporting a $206 billion economy and an enviable quality of life for over 3.2 million residents. As General Manager, Stapleton oversees an agency that is aggressively pursuing a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of San Diego County's water supply. She successfully negotiated the landmark 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement which included the Imperial Irrigation District Water Transfer and the lining of the All American and Coachella canals that together will provide up to 21.4 million acre-feet of water to San Diego County over 110 years. She is also responsible for the implementation of a $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Program, including the Emergency Storage Project, a system of new and expanded reservoirs, interconnected pipelines and pumping stations designed to make water available to the San Diego region during an emergency. In addition, the Water Authority is aggressively implementing the addition of desalinated seawater to the region’s water supply, strongly promoting water conservation through incentives, assistance programs and outreach, and supporting recycling and reuse projects by its member agencies to further diversify the region’s water supply sources. San Diego County Water Authority further states on its website that: San Diego County is protected by several factors, including significant investments by the Water Authority, its member agencies and their ratepayers to diversify the region’s water supplies and reduce reliance on imported water supplies from MWD. For example, water transfers that are part of the historic 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement will provide 180,200 acre-feet of highly reliable supplies to the San Diego region in 2015, more than double the amount they provided at the start of the last drought in 2007. The Water Authority’s long-term strategy to enhance the region’s water supply reliability also includes purchasing desalinated seawater from the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is expected to produce 50 million gallons a day by fall 2015. Water saved by conserving this year will be stored in the recently expanded San Vicente Reservoir, providing valuable protection for the San Diego region if drought conditions persist into 2016 or beyond.” What can we do? 1. Sign this petition to demand that our local officials defend San Diegans from the Governor’s cynical political stunt. They have taken an oath to represent the Constitution, not Jerry Brown or his appointed bureaucrats. 2. The Governor has refused to reverse his order that needlessly raises our water rates and punishes our decades of responsible water management. Ask the County Water Authority to sue the Governor, without further delay. Let the court decide if the Governor’s order is legal. Riverside Sues Over California Water Restrictions Riverside is challenging the Governor's order. San Diego should do the same. “The city of Riverside has sued a state agency over water restrictions intended to combat the drought, claiming the rules are unfair because the city has ample groundwater supplies. The Southern California city argues it has been unfairly ordered to cut water use by 24 percent even though it has groundwater supplies for four years and does not rely on any imported water, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court.” 2 News, June 9, 2015 It's up to us, the Citizens. Keep our government honest. Defend San Diego from being needlessly taxed hundreds of millions of dollars. Thank you for getting involved. Together, we can make a difference. Don BillingsSan DieganFormer Local Water Board Member