THE STONY CREEK WATER WARS
Glenn County - Tehama County - Colusa County , California.
(c) 2010, Mike Barkley (09/09/2010)
California Water Bonds (Prop. 18) Letter to the Editor , form
I am pleased to see the California Water Bonds off the November
ballot. I have been working on irrigation issues on Stony Creek west
of Chico. Over the decades the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has diverted
from this watershed 2,500,000 acre feet in excess of what the Angle Decree
allowed it, and gave it to its Orland Project client which proceeded to
waste it, see Decree at http://www.mjbarkl.com/decree.htm and chart of
the cumulative waste at http://www.mjbarkl.com/excess.xls . The numbers
on that chart come from reports by Reclamation and the Orland Project to
the U.S. District Court's Water Master and the State Water Resources
Control Board. The SWRCB says they won't do anything without a complaint
being filed despite the requirement for them to act in the California
Constitution. When complaints are filed, they generally ignore them. The
value of this misappropriated water is over a billion dollars at Los Angeles
I see no reason to vote for any more water projects until the State
acts to halt this sort of misappropriation and recover that billion dollars.
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--Mike Barkley, 167 N. Sheridan Ave., Manteca, CA 95336 (H) 209/823-4817