[Homestead] Water Crisis Coming Soon
bobford79 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 8 11:58:57 EST 2008
That sounds like the premise behind the movie "Chinatown". We will see this occur in the future. More and more rural areas, even the more rural states are losing significance in the national politics that decide and allocate power.
If a city of five miilion wants the water from all of the surrounding countryside in a state with a population of seven million; the city will get the water; the other 2.5 million be damned.
As much of the third world has become a place to pillage natural resources for the first world, soon we will see more of the cities using the rural areas as nothing but fields of resources.
That is one reason I distrust the large-city-based enviro groups. Their loyalties , politics, finances, etc are all tied to , first, making the denizons of the metro areas happy.
Water policy will soon be more important than anything. Already, CA, AZ, NV, and the Indian Tribes, all fight over the same water (none of it originating from CA, but they have claimed right anyway).......bobford
--- On Sat, 11/8/08, Don Bowen <don.bowen at earthlink.net> wrote:
> From: Don Bowen <don.bowen at earthlink.net>
> Subject: RE: [Homestead] Water Crisis Coming Soon
> To: bobford79 at yahoo.com, homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 9:22 AM
> > canIf people keep having babies, and living in the
> > cesspool cities (people like me); soon, the cities
> will drain the
> > underground and surface water from where
> 'you' live, to feed Philly,
> > Pittsburg, NY. It might not happen in our lifetime.
> But, it could.
> It has happened even before the lifetime of most on this
> list. Look into
> the history of Owens Lake for just one example. At one
> time they had steam
> boats on that lake carrying people, mail and freight.
> Recently the DWP had
> to spend a chunk of money to spread gravel on the now dry
> lakebed to reduce
> dust particles in the air. That water went to feed the
> explosive growth of
> Los Angles.
> At one time the LA basin was a mass of sloughs and small
> shallow ponds. It
> made some of the best crop land in the world as the sloughs
> were drained and
> the ponds used for irrigation. But crop land was turned
> into houses and
> businesses and the LA River concreted and they soon outrun
> the available
> water. The LA aqueduct project stole the water from the
> Owens Valley and
> pumped it to fuel the growth of LA and the fortunes of the
> My mother's family were farmers in the Owens Valley.
> Some sold out and
> bought farmland in Woodland, some were pushed out and ran a
> garage and
> trucking company in Bakersfield. My grandfather was a part
> owner with his
> brother of an ice cream shop in Bishop and a traveling
> salesman for Globe
> Mills. My grandmother was a Harvey Girl in Mojave and when
> they met she was
> a waitress in the railroad hotel in Bishop.
> Don Bowen KI6DIU
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