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January 04, 2019

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Fred

Speaking of dry, whats the latest with the pool?

Bruce Dickinson

You're way too early to draw any conclusions, Joe. Let's just say you've been on the wrong side of right these past couple of years, if ya know what I mean?

One of the classic Bruce Dickinson sayings is "Don't try predicting the unpredictable"

Unfortunately, many people saw four years of drought and started projecting that forever and attributing it, quite unscientifically, to "climate change". You have any sort of reversion to the mean, and there's no water problem. If there is no reversion to the mean, it's a solvable problem. If countries in the Middle East can easily build desalinization plants, so can we. Not an unsolvable problem in the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world. Now only if we could kill this HSR for good, we could free up money for much more worthy causes. A potential water shortage in the future is one of these potential causes, but think that's a big IF.

fred

Sooo dry out there. I've started a rain dance.

Paul

Lord Gavin has declared the serfs shall be taxed for their water. Pay up or shrivel up

Joe

That proposed tax caught my eye as well. Here are some details:

In order to help disadvantaged communities obtain safe and affordable drinking water, California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a new statewide water tax.

In the newly-released 2019-20 budget, Newsom calls for the creation of a "safe and affordable drinking water fund" that would "enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water."

The details of the proposed tax are unknown, but a similar proposal was abandoned by then-Governor Jerry Brown last year after failing to garner enough support in the legislature.

California residents would have been taxed 95 cents a month, or $11.40 a year, under that plan.

https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Gavin-Newsom-drinking-water-tax-budget-2019-detail-13527647.php

Maybe if the one tax Proposition I did support had passed we would need this new tax which will probably need another department and 300 state employees to collect and distribute.

hollyroller@gmail.com

Dear Joe,
I have had re-register every time I want to post/respond.
Am I being shunned?

Joe

I'm not sure what you mean by re-register. If you mean you have to re-enter your name, I have noticed that as well myself. It must be a TypePad thing.

Joe

Happily the 2019 water outlook has substantially brightened. I don't mean the rain B'game got, but rather the heavy, heavy snowfall in the Sierra. I just got back from a week there and it is a massive "Februburied".

I can also verify this:

‘Just please stop coming up here.’ Sierra travel can wait, officials say, as more snow moves in
The consensus is clear: Don’t drive to the Sierra.

As the eastbound I-80 was a complete mess. Miles of stopped cars with people standing around talking to their new neighbors.

Of course, none of this does a thing to solve the long-term water crisis in California. The snowpack with fill the reservoirs, feed the salmon breeding rivers and make a tiny dent in the depleted acquifers. But it won't fix the long-term problem.

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