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POSTED January 19, 2014 9:35 p.m.

The water war has started.

The Environmental Water Caucus is taking aim at five directives in Governor Jerry Brown’s 20-point directive to deal with the water crisis issued as part of Friday’s drought emergency declaration.

Included is the very real possibility that San Joaquin Valley farms and the Delta will take it on the chin so water can be used superfluously in Southern California.

In a release, the Caucus notes, “Directive 5 sounds innocent enough in ordering the State Board (of Water Resources) to allow consolidation of the places of use of waters of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. SWP is supposed to serve urban Southern California and parts of Kern County. CVP is supposed to serve specified areas, mostly agriculture, in the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, Directive 5 would allow unimagined unintended consequences like allowing CVP water to be sent to Orange County to float the boats in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Another Caucus area of concern is Directive 8 that “broadly expands the State Board’s ability to modify reservoir releases and water diversion limitations, supposedly to enable water to be conserved for later use. But the loose language would also allow modifications for earlier releases and diversions, which typically are sought by politically powerful economic interests such as the Westlands Water District.

The releases goes on to quote Nick Di Croce, Facilitator of the Environmental Water Caucus: “This overreaching and throwing out the baby with the bath water in Directives 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 is unnecessary when the real emphasis should be on permanent conservation at all levels – households, industry and agriculture. The need for more conservation and greater efficiencies in water management should not result in abrogation of equally needed environmental safeguards benefitting both humans and other species, including fish.”

If you doubted it before, as the drought wears on you will find out what Mark Twain is credited to have uttered at one point, “whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”

Santa Hut hit

by copper thieves

Mark Richard and Dennis Bedford went to move the Santa Hut from downtown Manteca to its storage location only to discover someone had vandalized it.

The power cable had been cut off and was nowhere to be found. (Can anyone say copper thieves?)

Richard in an e-mail noted that it was a sad state of affairs that even the Santa Hut is not safe from vandals. The two had worked many hours assisting Ben Jutton (downtown Manteca’s Santa) in getting the hut set up this past Christmas season.

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