Wheel the water
A whole bunch of kudos to Stephen Overturf for his excellent article (“Cambria’s water emergency: Don’t be cowed”) in the April 24 edition of The Cambrian. It is good to have a rational voice in this discussion, and one with obvious qualifications.
One water supply alternative that surfaced once, but that I don’t think was ever given more than a cursory evaluation by the CCSD at all, is the possibility of water wheeling Nacimiento Reservoir water through entities in San Luis Obispo to Whale Rock Reservoir, and from there, piping it up to the Cambria area in the Highway 1 Caltrans right of way. Let me explain.
When Nacimiento Reservoir was built, it basically was for Monterey County, but the contract with SLO County required 17,500 acre feet above minimum pool be reserved for San Luis Obispo County. The last I heard, not all of this 17,500 acre-foot had been allocated. Water wheeling would be if the CCSD requested an allocation, made a deal with either San Luis Obispo City, California Mens College or, I believe Cuesta College, that they could have our allocation directly from Nacimiento, and we could then take that amount of water out of Whale Rock Reservoir.
This is known as water wheeling. If a pipeline could be negotiated with Caltrans for the use of their right of way up Highway 1, private property need not be involved. The pipe could either extend all the way to Santa Rosa Creek, or perhaps end at Perry Creek at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 46, or anywhere along there that would be the most beneficial. The water would eventually be underground for the required 60 days before being pumped out of Santa Rosa Creek for use by the community.
At the time of the cursory evaluation, the cost of piping was a negative consideration, but there is no operation and maintenance (O&M) costs after installation, as there will be with desalination. Those cost comparisons need to be made to determine if the initial cost of the piping will be more than the O&M costs on desal over time.
For those people who are concerned that more water will cause rampant growth in Cambria, remember Measure B from several years ago that requires a vote of the people before the Urban Services Line for Cambria can be moved, thus protecting agricultural land adjacent to the community.
Cows do belong in the barn – or at least off the ice.
Immediately following a spirited choral program at Cuesta College recently, a loyal fan of Cambria with water technology in his background let us know that containment should long have been our priority. No other water source is more necessary than a reservoir in case of fire, to say nothing of drought.
In addition, he described that a town in Northern California has successfully installed a desalination plant run by solar power. It operates at a fraction of the cost of electric-powered plants, and stores the waste salts in a form (if I am remembering correctly) that can be sold.
Then, this week on Travel Channel there was a description of “Earthship” houses with heating coming through glass, all water from recycle and glass roof runoff, and all vegetables grown within. That is an extension of the Channel 19 broadcast water-saving DVD that I found for the CCSD, by whom no meeting was called on that coverage and no printed material was issued.
Our builders here have a vast amount of creative material, already successful elsewhere, if they would take advantage of it, to prevent the killing of Cambria.
Clift, Gibson tied
Muril Clift zero, Bruce Gibson zero! This is the grade the two candidates for county supervisor earned with their answers in the debate about water.
If we combined their answers to the third question posed to them: Gibson would connect the pipelines of the Men’s Colony, Camp San Luis Obispo and other water users all the way to the city of Morro Bay — I suppose to share the abundant water supply that will become available as a result of Clift’s aggressive conservation efforts; and punishment of folks who wish to flush their toilets and wash their bodies.
What is it with these people who can’t understand that by cutting off smaller and smaller pieces of something to “conserve” does not make it bigger! No one can fix a problem by the use of wrong solutions!
What’s this, Jack & Jill, went up the hill?
Dow helped vets
I wanted to say thank you and your paper for getting the facts and truth correct on who was really involved in getting the Veterans Treatment Court on board. The column by Mr. FitzRandolph (April 17, “Dow up on vet court”) finally got the truth out.
As a local U.S. Army disabled veteran and one who testified on the VTC on the record it was Mr. Dow who got this going with Dana Cummings of the local Veterans Service Organization, at NO TIME did Mr. Covello ever support nor did he even attend the public hearing on this matter; he fought to stop it. I glad your paper finally got it right.
San Luis Obispo
No cell calls on Ranch
Last week I was walking the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and suddenly lost movement in my right arm and was able to ground myself without falling. I could not get up and one or two people tried to call 911, but their cell phone had no service at that point on the Ranch.
I don’t know whether 911 was reached by another cell phone or a person who walked about a half mile to a land line. It seemed like a long time before the paramedics came and took me to the hospital.
I sincerely thank those three or four people who helped me and, unfortunately, I didn’t know them — except one. I also want to express my thanks and gratitude to the paramedics. You were super.
With cell phone service nonexistent or spotty, I would strongly recommend not walking the ranch alone. Just a word of caution.
Philip B. Allen
Deer in danger
Although the flowers in the flowerbeds in the middle of the road are pretty, they also attract the deer who then get hit and killed.
Couldn’t you please at least plant deer-resistant plants to discourage them from going there? It is very upsetting to see these beautiful creatures laying dead by the side of the road.
Fun for young and old
Sunday afternoon, I went to see “Jack and His Beanstalk.” It is a delightful production and can be enjoyed by adults as well as children.
How fortunate we are to have these incredibly talented people right here in Cambria!
So, give yourselves a treat, both young and old, and walk out of the theater with a lighter step and a smile on your face.
The Cambria Center for the Arts is waiting for you on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.