Colorado River fi­asco an apt en­vi­ron­men­tal les­son

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Let me get this straight, the WaterFix so­lu­tion is to ad­dress the crum­bling Delta levee in­fra­struc­ture and de­liver wa­ter to points south for a cost of $650 mil­lion to Santa Clara Val­ley Wa­ter Dis­trict rate-pay­ers. Two ques­tions need to be asked: 1) Why isn’t the em­pha­sis on re­pair­ing the lev­ees (in­stead of con­trol­ling wa­ter-flow/ lev­els)? 2) What has South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ever done for North­ern Cal­i­for­nia?

The Colorado River fi­asco should be a les­son on en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. Ig­nor­ing the fragility of the Delta is a dis­as­ter in the wait­ing and sec­ond only to the dis­as­ter known as the Santa Clara Val­ley Wa­ter Dis­trict Board.

— John Mai, San Jose

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