I find it really interesting when everyone talks about big acreage developments like San Stino or the 4,000-acre planned development referred to as the reason for a new interchange at Silva Valley Road and Highway 50, that one really major issue is ignored like the flamingo with its head in the sand. The issue is water.
Where will it come from, how will it get to these developments? With our current storage reasonably adequate to supply water for the current residents of the county in normal years and water rationing in dry years, where will it come from? Maybe everyone believes it will drop right out of thin air.
My point is that new water storage should have been underway years ago. The SOFAR Project was a feeble stab at the problem we are facing today and in the future. Millions of dollars have been put into that project and all we got were the bills and a coffer dam, if memory serves me, that had to be vacated for environmental issues and financial funding drying up just like the water.
We need to start the development and building of new water storage immediately, like yesterday. We need the water storage for the coming dry years and fire seasons to come, that experts say will make the Rim Fire look small in comparison. This expert said the Sierras and the Foothills were ripe for the burning, after years of low vegetation removal by small fires and clearing by people. I believe there is no more important issue facing us than the lack of water. When you turn on the faucet for that cool water and all you get is spurts of air and mud, then you know it is too late.
Please do not let this happen. Tell our supervisors to get to work in the quest for water before any new government buildings or new developments on a huge scale.