Dare I Say, County Gambles with Fresh Water Supply

Unfortunately, discussions with Shasta County Supervisors Moty and Baugh regarding the need to better manage the approval and pumping of new agricultural wells (ag wells) within the county failed to result in any effective action.

Rather than implementing common-sense measures intended to protect our aquifer from over-pumping and needless damage to existing domestic wells, county officials have chosen the ‘wait and see’ approach.

Supervisor Moty advised it’s better to wait until a problem develops and then hold an “emergency meeting” to decide what to do.

Frankly, I expected more.

Sitting back and waiting for a problem to develop, which might have lasting impacts on our fresh water supply, is neither smart nor in the long-term interests of county residents. By then, it’ll likely be too late.

Just ask the folks down in the Central Valley where aquifers have been emptied by over-pumping, are collapsing, and may never completely refill. In hindsight, I suspect they now wish they had taken common sense measures long ago to protect their aquifer.

So, in a nut shell, here’s where we stand here in Shasta County.

Presently, all that’s needed to secure an ag well drilling permit is property agriculturally zoned and the funds necessary to pay the permit fee. Once approved and the well placed in operation, there are no limitations placed upon the volume of water pumped from the aquifer. The only exception is that it cannot be exported off the property.

That’s it. Dig a well and feel free to pump away until the cows come home.

Allowing unregulated pumping of ag wells appears contrary to demands for all of us to reduce our consumption of water today. So, why the mixed message? Why not some common sense measures to ensure our basin remains healthy and full indefinitely? Why wait until a crises develops to do something?

Surely, immediate action is required to strengthen the current ag well drilling permit application process.

It must contain, at a minimum, a mandatory, comprehensive assessment to identify all potential impacts of any newly proposed ag well, well owner liability for any negative impact to nearby domestic wells and authority permitting the county to limit the volume of groundwater extraction by ag wells as determined appropriate given noted impact to neighboring domestic wells and the basin in general.

Currently, none of these controls exist today.

A copy of the Tehama County Aquifer Protection ordinance was provided to county supervisors as an example of what has already been accomplished to better protect their groundwater supply and existing wells. See it at www.municode.com/library/ca/tehama_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT9HESA_CH9.40AQPR

Folks, delay is not an option.

The drought may continue with no end in sight. Demand for water will only increase commensurate with expected population growth. And, large growers can be expected to look northward to places like Shasta County for new supplies of water no longer available to our south where ground levels are sinking due to deep well drilling and long existing residential wells are going dry.

Your help is needed.

Please take time now to communicate directly with Shasta County supervisors. Tell them our aquifer and existing domestic wells need to be protected from over-pumping by new ag wells. Email them at shastacountybos@co.shasta.ca.us, call them at (530) 225-5557, fax them at (530) 225-5189, or send a letter to Shasta County Board of Supervisors, 1450, Court Street, Suite 308B, Redding, CA 96001-1673.

Dare I Say, county supervisors appear ready to gamble with your access to fresh water in the future. Are you?

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Dare I Say – A Simple Question Deserves a Simple Answer

Ever since Tea Party folks began to aggressively challenge elected representatives at public Town Hall forums on the merits of Obamacare, there’s been an obvious decline in the number of such publicly held events.   

Apparently, a lot of Washington politicians discovered it’s a whole lot easier doing telephone town halls that can be controlled and speaking before hand-picked friendly audiences than it is dealing face-to-face with a room full of disgruntled voters.

This got me to wondering how many Town Hall forums Representative LaMalfa has held in Shasta County since taking office?   Since I couldn’t recall ever hearing of any such scheduled events, it was decided to go directly to the congressman for the official answer.  The question was posed in the following query recently sent to his office.

“Dear Congressman LaMalfa,”                          

Please advise the dates and locations of all public town hall meetings you have conducted here in Shasta County since assuming office.  These events are ones that were arranged for and conducted solely by your office.  I am not interested in your telephone conference calls or speaking engagements where arrangements are handled by others.  Thank you.”

Here’s a copy of Congressman LaMalfa’s reply.  It meanders through a variety of matters, but fails to address the specific question posed.  Read it and come to your own conclusion.  Perhaps, though, he has good reason to be evasive.  .  

‘Dear ______,”                                                                                                                   October 26, 2015

                            

“Thank you for contacting my office.  I have received your e-mail requests regarding previous town halls and community meetings in Shasta County.”

                    

“As you may know, I hosted over 20 community meetings, open houses and town halls this summer all throughout the district, as I do every year.  I attend several hundred events annually and hold public appearances throughout the district every month.”

 

“My office does not keep an ongoing record of every public meeting held in the district.  It is office policy, and a request of Capitol Police, for Members of Congress to keep scheduling confidential for security reasons.  If you would like to be notified of future public meeting in Shasta County, please send an e-mail request through my website and we will be sure to add you to the list.”

 

                                                                                                                                “Sincerely,

               

                                                                                                                                DOUG LAMALFA

                                                                                                                                Member of Congress”

 

Dare I Say, a simple question deserves a simple answer.

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Dare I Say – It’s Time to Begin Putting America First

Plenty of controversy these days regarding whether or not the US should accept refugees from Syria. 

US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have advised they lack, in many cases, the information necessary to properly vet each refugee.  

Hidden among them may very well be terrorists aligned with ISIS, intent upon doing serious harm to American citizens. 

So, what is the best course of action you ask? 

Consider this.

You have in your possession a bunch of 100 delicious grapes.  Two grapes are deadly if eaten.  Do you take a chance and feed the grapes to your family, hoping you can avoid the two deadly grapes?  Or, do you reject the entire bunch?

Dare I Say, it’s time to begin putting America (and all her families) first.

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A Simple Question Deserves a Simple Answer

Ever since Tea Party folks began to aggressively challenge elected representatives at public Town Hall forums on the merits of Obamacare, there’s been an obvious decline in the number of such publicly held events.

Apparently, a lot of Washington politicians discovered it’s a whole lot easier doing telephone town halls that can be controlled and speaking before hand-picked friendly audiences than it is dealing face-to-face with a room full of disgruntled voters.

This got me to wondering how many Town Hall forums Representative LaMalfa has held in Shasta County since taking office? Since I couldn’t recall ever hearing of any such scheduled events, it was decided to go directly to the congressman for the official answer.

The question was posed in the following query recently sent to his office.

“Dear Congressman LaMalfa,” Please advise the dates and locations of all public town hall meetings you have conducted here in Shasta County since assuming office. These events are ones that were arranged for and conducted solely by your office. I am not interested in your telephone conference calls or speaking engagements where arrangements are handled by others. Thank you.”

Here’s a copy of Congressman LaMalfa’s reply.

It meanders through a variety of matters, but fails to address the specific question posed. Read it and come to your own conclusion.

Perhaps, though, he has good reason to be evasive.

‘Dear ______,” October 26, 2015 “Thank you for contacting my office. I have received your e-mail requests regarding previous town halls and community meetings in Shasta County.” “As you may know, I hosted over 20 community meetings, open houses and town halls this summer all throughout the district, as I do every year. I attend several hundred events annually and hold public appearances throughout the district every month.”

“My office does not keep an ongoing record of every public meeting held in the district. It is office policy, and a request of Capitol Police, for Members of Congress to keep scheduling confidential for security reasons. If you would like to be notified of future public meeting in Shasta County, please send an e-mail request through my website and we will be sure to add you to the list.”

“Sincerely,

DOUG

Member of Congress”

Dare I Say, a simple question deserves a simple answer.

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A Simple Question Deserves A Simple Answer

A Simple Question Deserves A Simple Answer

Ever since Tea Party folks began to aggressively challenge elected representatives at public Town Hall forums on the merits of Obamacare, there’s been an obvious decline in the number of such publicly held events.

Apparently, a lot of Washington politicians discovered it’s a whole lot easier doing telephone town halls that can be controlled and speaking before hand-picked friendly audiences than it is dealing face-to-face with a room full of disgruntled voters.

This got me to wondering how many Town Hall forums Representative LaMalfa has held in Shasta County since taking office? Since I couldn’t recall ever hearing of any such scheduled events, it was decided to go directly to the congressman for the official answer. The question was posed in the following query recently sent to his office.

“Dear Congressman LaMalfa,”

Please advise the dates and locations of all public town hall meetings you have conducted here in Shasta County since assuming office. These events are ones that were arranged for and conducted solely by your office. I am not interested in your telephone conference calls or speaking engagements where arrangements are handled by others. Thank you.”

Congressman LaMalfa’s reply meanders through a variety of matters, but fails to address the specific question posed. Read it yourself and come to your own conclusion. Perhaps, though, he has good reason to be evasive. .

 

Dare I Say, a simple question deserves a simple answer.

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