Déjà vu all over again
Now that we actually have (once again) a supplementary water supply within our grasp, I am not surprised that the usual opponents are moving into the attack mode.
Over the 17 years I served on the Cambria Community Services District and the four years since, the tactics used do not change. Rumors abound such as “using unproven technology,” “sky-high costs to the ratepayer,” “rampant growth waiting to be set free in Cambria,” an “artificial emergency while water remains plentiful” — and the best one, “El Niño is definitely going to end the drought this winter” (I heard that at my doorstep!).
These are all designed to seed doubt in the mind of the busy ratepayer. However, all these can be shown to be fallacious and El Niño has a habit of not delivering as predicted (your CCSD board did an extensive study regarding using that as a predictor).
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Our water shortage is real and your board has been trying seriously to remedy that since the early ’90s when we experienced similar restrictions. The history is that whenever a supplementary water supply is identified (1994-1995) and serious work is scheduled, the opponents use tactics such as I have identified and projects get canceled.
We now have a project which can alleviate our extreme need for water — but will not fill countless swimming pools and definitely not supply a legion of new households.
For once we as residents need to do nothing but support our CCSD in their actions and discourage the Prop 218 opponents with their “no” votes.
Since 1995 I have had a bumper sticker on my cars: “Quality of Life Includes Water.” I am sure this year most residents have come to the same conclusion.
Only two weeks left
So, have you gotten your protest letters to the Cambria Community Services District yet? The July 3 Cambrian reported, “‘as of Monday, July 1, the district had received 56 protest letters,’ according to General Manager Jerry Gruber.”
For the last few weeks, my husband and I have passed out protest forms to Cambrians who were passionate about turning them in to CCSD. Also my letter “A call to action” in last week's Cambrian outlined how you could easily submit the protest letters.
If you are unable to drop by the CCSD’s office, these protest letters can be mailed directly to: CCSD, Attention: District Clerk, P.O. Box 65, Cambria, CA 93428. Make sure they are in before the July 24 deadline.
Are we going to allow a project that could cost over $10 million for a temporary fix that will not go online until the end of the year OR insist that the CCSD go back to its original solution of an off-the-shelf model that is available to them and can go online quickly to alleviate our immediate need.
Think about it Cambrians. It is YOUR money and that is not debatable.
Dr. John Zinke makes one good point in his Viewpoint article (“We’re being railroaded,” July 3): Cambria Community Services District should stop selling any water for irrigation unless it is coming from the treatment plant.
But to suggest that the CCSD is purposely running water down the drain just so that they can justify a water project of any kind it is the intellectual equivalent of being a birther or a truther.
Can’t stay frozen
My $0.02 on the water shortage and solutions which are in the works this summer:
1. Periods of persistent drought are historically common in California, and according to the latest climate science, are only going to become more common going forward.
2. Desalination is the only solution guaranteed to be drought-proof. Off-stream storage is not necessarily cheaper, and is not going to suffice during a multi-year drought in any event.
3. There are no cheap solutions, so please cut some slack for those who are doing their best actually to solve the problem.
I can remember Cambria in the 1950s — no motels on Moonstone Beach, no tourists that I was aware of — but those days are gone. It is time to join the 21st century, build our desal plant and move on. We can’t stay frozen in time.