Presidential memorandum aids drought conditions in the West

Questions from the press follow the signing.

WHITE HOUSE

[Go to link to read the entire memorandum]

Sec. 2Streamlining Western Water Infrastructure Regulatory Processes and Removing Unnecessary Burdens.  To address water infrastructure challenges in the western United States, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce shall undertake the following actions:

(a)  Within 30 days of the date of this memorandum, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce shall:

(i)   identify major water infrastructure projects in California for which the Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce have joint responsibility under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (Public Law 93-205) or individual responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (Public Law 91-190); and

(ii)  for each such project, work together to facilitate the designation of one official to coordinate the agencies’ ESA and NEPA compliance responsibilities.  Within the 30-day time period provided by this subsection, the designated official shall also identify regulations and procedures that potentially burden the project and develop a proposed plan, for consideration by the Secretaries, to appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind any regulations or procedures that unduly burden the project beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.  For purposes of this memorandum, “burden” means to unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, impede, or otherwise impose significant costs on the permitting, utilization, transmission, delivery, or supply of water resources and infrastructure.

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2 Responses to Presidential memorandum aids drought conditions in the West

  1. Lucille says:

    The population in California is near 40,000,000. I’d wager that there’s not one person in 10,000 Californians who even has a clue that fresh water is diverted into the ocean in parts of the state. THAT is certainly something not discussed or even hinted at in any articles I saw while living there for 66 years. Why the big secret? Who is making money off it?

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  2. NC Nana says:

    Lucille,

    I worked with a woman about 30 years ago whose husband worked for a water district in Southern CA. She told me how water was dumped into the ocean every night.

    It was of particular interest to me because our water bill was about $100 a month. You would think with that with that high a monthly payment we had water in abundance. We did not. We started replacing shrubs with drought tolerant desert shrubs that required no water besides rain. We ran the dish washer and washing machine every other night to avoid competing with other water and electric needs.

    With those cautions we still experienced brown outs (from not enough electricity to fully run electrical needs) and droughts where water usage was restricted by the county/state.

    We were on vacation in the 80’s at Pismo Beach and went clamming very early one morning. When we drove back down the Beach to get to the paved highway the State was letting water out of Lake Lopez. It was flowing directly into the ocean flooding our exit off the Pismo Beach sand highway.

    I don’t think the California Aqueduct is too far from Lake Lopez. Maybe with the new plan they will divert the water there?

    We had family in Northern CA so we often drove through the San Joaquin Valley to get to the family homes. The area is full of orchards and groves that produced fruits and nuts. I was sickened when I heard that Jerry Brown and his cronies were diverting water away from these farmers because it takes years and years after the trees die from lack of water to get new trees to fully produce again.

    Having said all that, we are no longer living in Southern CA. The population is much denser than when we lived there and no one has done anything to correct the water problems. Thank God for President Trump and the Congressmen who have helped to develop this Presidential Memorandum.

    BTW, we now live in NC. It is one of our daily praises that God brought us to this wonderful land. We live in the country and have our own well. After putting in the well the monthly expense is running the electrical pump. We only use the pumped water inside the house.

    We have an exceptionally large lawn and have trees all around. We have low shrubs around the house. God does all the watering outside for us. The beauty that surrounds us is beyond words. I feel pretty certain if we had to water this in CA we wouldn’t be able to buy groceries. On second thought the groceries probably wouldn’t make any difference because we probably couldn’t afford the taxes. Oh well, I’m happy that CA may get some relief from their water problems.

    Night y’all.

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