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State Water
updated: Jan 28, 2014, 1:12 PM

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What is the status / update on State Water for Santa Barbara? Who is to accountable for selling the voters on this?

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 490020P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 01:22 PM

Yes, the chorus about the current drought needs to also note on what happened in those agreements re: State Water.


 COMMENT 490035 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 01:48 PM

So we can get State Water per our agreement. But everyone else wants it too, so the state is only giving us 5% of our allotment. That's about 175 ac-ft, or enough for 2,600 people using the average per capital daily amount of 60 gallons per day.

If we wanted to ensure our water supply during dry times, we would have had to forgo the profits we made by selling our water to other users in the wet years and spend additional money to bank the water in groundwater basins like LA's MWD does. That's why the people in LA can keep watering their lawns and washing their cars.


 COMMENT 490036 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 01:48 PM

What about all the projects to build housing ,condos and hotels.
They should not be able to build all these building that will need water whee we have a drought.


 COMMENT 490055P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 02:29 PM

There is an excellent article in The Indepedent addressing the full scope of the water issue including possible solutions & the problems with each solution.


In Time of Drought, State Water in Serious Doubt
Central Coast Water Authority Issues Bombshell Warning

Thursday, January 23, 2014


 COMMENT 490059 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 02:41 PM

A big local PR firm sold everyone a BS story about state water, which passed and was sold before ever getting here
Wonder who made the big money off that?

How about UCSB's water usage, why isn't that in the discussion?
New dorms, new faculty housing


 COMMENT 490062 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 02:51 PM

UCSB is in the process of permanently adding 5000 new students. Each one of those will depend on thousands of gallons of Cachuma water every year. Yet Santa Barbara and Goleta couldn't stop the growth because UCSB land is not under jurisdiction of Santa Barbara County. Not sure how they got water rights for the 5000 new students.


 COMMENT 490141P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 06:53 PM

We have to STOP growing. It's like buying 5 gallons of gas for for your small car and then buying a bus and wondering why you can't go as far!


 COMMENT 490147 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 07:17 PM

See the Noozhawk article written on 01/25/2014 entitled "Hollister Village Project Installs Catch-and-Release System to Handle Storm Water Runoff".

Now, if we ever get any rain, the project will be a success!


 COMMENT 490169 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 08:20 PM

We should stop drinking water, switch over to brawndo. Its got electrolytes, its what you crave.


 COMMENT 490183 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 09:00 PM

State water is a con game


 COMMENT 490251 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 09:01 AM

Thanks to our leaders who lack forsite & long term vision, never mind knowledge of history from the last 100 years, they decided to sell off the most important parts of the desal plant we spent 37 million to build only to have "mothballed" in the wet years. Instead, if they had the looked at history & accounted for the increase in population, they should have kept the plant running & sold the water back to the State Water Project, as our investment for drought years. Now it will cost over 17 million to bring the desal plant back online. Like death & taxes, there are two more things that are certain in this area. There will be another drought between 10 & 20 years after this one, and the population will be greater, possibly even double by then. So we need to plan for it & act accordingly.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 09:07 AM

We voted down State Water 2xs before the last drought when it was brought up again and passed. Who do you think profits, who paid the PR outfit, DEVELOPERS! I used to see bumper stickers, "We Want State Water"; why they didn't go to a state that has water is beyond me.


 COMMENT 490296 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 11:13 AM

The county is drunk on development to obtain more tax money but paper water can not be drunk. Unsustainable practices need to be examined so the perceptions that shape our actions can be re-evaluated. The understanding and then adjustment of our current perceptions need to reflect reality and is a step towards sustainability.


 ACF agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 12:06 PM

This is a sore subject. As one commenter noted, we voted down State water twice, then we blinked. We agreed to pay five times for our normal water use despite warnings that when a drought came we would not get our allotment (this happened to L.A. in the late-80s early 90s drought).


 COMMENT 490479P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:28 PM

Supervisor Kallman was wrong about State Water and I was right. I wish it were the other way around.


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