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Monday, January 13, 2014

Water Debate - Wed. Jan 15, 2014
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How will California manage with continuing drought conditions?  One idea, endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is to spend $67 BILLION to construct two tunnels to divert water away from the Sacramento Delta, to Southern California. Environmentalist say it is unwise and unnecessary. Come to the debate and ask questions!

 
JOIN US -- at the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation's (LVHF's) Water Showdown oWednesday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center in Agoura Hills. 
 
With billions of dollars of taxpayers' funds at stake and the future of our water supply uncertain, this is a critical issue for all of California, with significant environmental and economic impacts. 

For the first time, three different alternatives for solving our looming water crisis will be presented and hotly debated by respective proponents. 
 
How much is it going to cost each and every homeowner/business owner in southern California and for how long?  Will we have a reliable supply of water?
 
Listen to these experts debate and disagree on the benefits and costs of their plans:
 
1The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) – presented/debated by: Brandon Goshi, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This Plan calls for the construction of TWO TUNNELS - 37 miles long and 40 feet wide each - with cost estimates running in the 26-67 billion dollar range. The Metropolitan Water District is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. 

2. The Portfolio Alternative presented/debated by: Doug Obegi, Water Program Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council – from San Francisco. This Plan focuses on ONE TUNNEL - saving billions of dollars and investing the cost savings in water recycling and conservation to meet the long-term water needs of southern California cities and farms. The Portfolio Alternative is supported by a consortium of conservation and business groups including, Defenders of Wildlife and the Planning and Conservation League. 

3. The Responsible Exports Plan - presented/debated for the Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) by Conner Everts, Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance. This plan offers a NO TUNNELS alternative, instead, focusing on sustainability solutions and managing/using our water more efficiently. The EWC represents over 30 environmental justice, commercial and recreational fishing groups, Native American Tribes and environmental organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club. 

So, which is the best solution? You decide....  
 
Attached please find directions to the forum and a flyer.  
 
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for a very informative and unique evening of discussion and debate!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation 
"the voice and conscience of the Santa Monica Mountains since 1968"
 
 
Posted at 4:32:46 PM
 
Comments: 1
 
Nona Green on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I attended this forum and still have many questions. In my opinion, Conner Everts, representing the EWC, "won" the debate. Both tunnel plans "kick the can down the road". I would endorse the EWS plan insomuch as it mandates real change in the way we use water - and many of these changes can be implemented now. Fracking as it operates today needs to cease altogether, agribusiness needs to be accountable for the way they operate, developers need to be required to build sustainably. If nothing else, those measure need to be implemented BEFORE we make it easier to "suck the rivers dry".
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