Letter: Time to protect the North State's water
From the peak of Mount Lassen to the mouth of the Golden Gate, where's our water?
This summer, I reached the peak of Lassen and much to my dismay, the huge glacier is almost gone. There is nothing in the freezer.
Looking out west to my beloved Tehama County, I saw a mountain of dead yellow and bright green squares, like a patchwork quilt, from destructive clear cuts, and a valley full of smog and pollution, keeping out the rain.
Clear cuts, like these, which can be seen on Google Earth or KRCR Weather App, don't hold our snowpack, as is not drawn into our water system and without shade, snow evaporates into the atmosphere. Looking to the east, there is a healthy forest and plenty of water, as Lassen and Plumas do selective cutting and manage the forest in a healthy, sustainable way.
A lack of water was evident in July, as Battle Creek was running what normally runs in September and not a drop of water in Paynes Creek, below Dale's Station. I know we're in a drought. If it is due to global warming, shouldn't we be smarter about what we are doing and not just ignore trends for big bucks. We have run out of water.
However, greed and stupidity have made mere man think they can water a desert, over farm over build and not run out of water. Time to wake up California and face reality.
Building twin tunnels, Sites Reservoir or raising Shasta Dam will not add a drop. Conservation, moratoriums, recycling waste water, rebuilding levees and desalination will. Support C-WIN, Aquaaliance, they have real answers to our very real water problems. Time to stop this madness.