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Twin Tunnels keep SoCal green, NorCal brown

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POSTED September 3, 2013 11:28 p.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

This letter is written in opposition to building the twin tunnels to export water to Southern California.

Having returned from Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano area, I was alarmed at how green the urban sprawl with lush landscaping and boulevards, parkways, and freeways lined with manicured lawns and trees. Of course the rolling hills outside of the urban centers are a landscape of dry, rocky chaparral.

Contrast this scene with Northern California freeways lined with weeds and dead trees and evidence of burnt hillsides from fires – the result of our water conservation effort. Land outside of urban areas is in heavy agricultural production — farms, orchards, and dairies – the “bread basket” of California.

So why are we planning to send water to southern California?  So they can waste it on urban sprawl, to make a desert green, to permit rampant population growth, etc.?  If you do not have the resources to sustain this opulent growth, then you should not be expanding. Taking water from northern California will severely impact our wildlife, ability to farm and economy.

Please stop the twin tunnels.

Joseph Cook
Sept. 3, 2013

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