Facts on CCSD permit
Re: D.L. Anderson (Cambrian, Aug. 28): Contrary to D.L. Anderson’s claim in his Aug. 28 letter to The Cambrian, the CCSD is not “asking to violate its water permit” at Santa Rosa Creek. It has not violated any permits nor has it tried to do so.
Here are the facts:
On Aug. 21, the State Water Resources Control Board granted the CCSD a Temporary Urgency Change to the CCSD’s existing permit on Santa Rosa Creek, allowing it to keep drawing from the aquifer as long as the water level at the Windsor Boulevard monitoring well (WBE) stays at least two feet above sea level.
This measure lasts no more than 180 days. After that, the WBE water level will have to be maintained at three feet, as was required before.
The CCSD was granted this short-term adjustment mainly to ensure a reliable supply for Cambria while water from the community’s primary source, the San Simeon Creek aquifer, is diverted to run a tracer test for the emergency water supply project. The tracer test will be completed by the end of September.
Anderson’s letter also implies that the temporary lowering of the WBE level will lead to subsidence and seawater intrusion. On the contrary, the Temporary Urgency Change is part of the solution to these problems. It enables the tracer test — and subsequently the emergency water supply project — to go forward. The emergency water supply project will tap and treat brackish water to augment the existing freshwater supplies. By doing so, it will prevent groundwater over-pumping, the main cause of subsidence and seawater intrusion.
Incidentally, the latest reading (on Aug. 25) showed the WBE water level at 3.04 feet. Let’s not panic.
General manager, Cambria Community Services District
Recipe for discourse
This letter is in response to Walt Andrus’ letter, “Water Bias,” in the Aug. 21 Cambrian.
After reading the letter by Mr. Andrus, I had to go back and look up the article by Kathe Tanner that Mr. Andrus took such exception to.
What struck me about the article was that it was evenhanded, in the sense that it fairly represented what I had been told by several people about recent CCSD meetings. I found no “unprofessional, biased, exaggerated form of journalism,” nor, as he describes, “hyperbole and malicious rhetoric.”
What I found interesting was that Mr. Andrus wants to have a “rational, civil discourse.” Generally, rational and civil discourses are not initiated by the use of words such as the above.
My husband and I have been trying to initiate a rational and civil discourse about the water supply in Cambria since 1981. We finally realized that this cannot happen unless all of the disparate factions in this community — i.e. the tourist industry, real estate and development, pensioners on fixed and diminishing incomes, wealthy residents who can afford to pay for a water system, people who have forgotten that words make a difference, and anyone else — will not have a civil discourse until each and every one realizes the “what’s in it for me” attitude must change to “what’s best for our entire community.”
And “what’s best” can only come about through a civil discourse of everyone concerned. Not accusing reporters of reporting what one would rather not hear.
Craziness in Cambria
The craziness that is Cambria! I have just read a recent letter to The Cambrian (“Preserve Cambria,” Aug. 28), and I shake my head in disbelief.
Cambria is in a critical water shortage, certainly not news. Its residents take 1-minute showers, avoid flushing toilets and let their gardens die. It is reaching do-or-die times for the Cambria community.
The writer of the aforementioned letter believes that if the elected officials take action to save the town, it will result in a McDonald’s on every corner, hilltops flattened to construct golf courses for the uber rich, and the long greedy fingers of corporate America reaching into every business and home. The lunacy of it all astounds me.
The writer of the letter is the epitome of why it is no wonder that Cambria is in such a fix. It is time for the community to unite, move forward and deal with a real and vital threat instead of harkening back to the days of Woodstock.
Try this at home
OK, now with no water solution we agree on, we’ve all got to do what we can at home, right now. Here are just a few suggestions you can try at home:
1. Rainwater catchment: Now is the time to prepare for any drop of rain that comes from the sky this winter and install cisterns and barrels at each rain gutter. Each inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof will yield more than 600 gallons of water. So even if we get only 10 inches of rain, that is 6,000 gallons.
2. Greywater systems: You can redirect the washing machine or tub water to go outside to your landscape. Take the end of your hose and put it the bathtub. Turn your outside faucet on for a few seconds, and you’ll hear lots of gurgling. After 30 seconds, when the gurgling stops, turn the faucet off and direct it toward your plants.
3. Stormwater (LID) strategies: Think like a watershed and look at how storm water flows across your property and down the street. Devise a way to redirect the water to stay on your property with berms and swales. Build a series of “check dams” with the earth to collect rainfall in in a series of terraces or basins.
Let the force of gravity work for you. All of these can be DIY projects. Find out more by downloading the publications from www.slogreenbuild.org.
Or hire a plumber such as Justin Smith of Potter Plumbing.
We can do this!
Thanks to chamber
Greystone Manor had its Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting, and I would like to say a huge thank-you to the chamber and all who attended! We have the best and most hospitable folks here: so warm and friendly and welcoming to businesses and vacation rentals alike.
Barbara and Mary Ann headed it up; about 30 other local members, board members and friends attended. Special thanks to my gracious neighbors who attended and are happy for the great Greystone transformation, as well (it was quite an eyesore when we purchased it 4½ years ago).
Although it was a vacation rental for more than four years, we only recently joined the chamber.
We are grateful for being well received by Cambria and by the public. Greystone has been around since 1928 or 1932 and was built by one of the original developers of Cambria’s west end, Robert Jones. The Shamels and others once owned it, also. Its restored, original historical Greystone Manor sign, hitching post and walkway are still intact.
So much amazing history has graced these walls.
Thanks to all of for sharing your Greystone stories and history with us. Keep them coming!
Thanks for taking time to come out and say “hello.” We can’t get enough of all the wonderful little shops and restaurants this town has to offer. Cambria has been such a blessing to Greystone and our guests!
Kelly and Tim Bennett
Greystone Manor, Cambria