SACRAMENTO — Ready for another phantom “drought”? The National Resources Defense Council is. The NRDC’s bogus Delta Smelt lawsuit brought the court-ordered “drought” from 2007 to 2010.
Now the NRDC is launching a disinformation campaign to divert the public’s attention from the bigger water issues of the Sacramento Delta. On Sept. 16, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger threw the case out of court as based on bogus science.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared the “drought” over in 2011. Yet water rates have risen anyway across the state as a result of the bogus “drought.”
In the Feb. 6 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, NRDC attorney Doug Obegi said there are three “facts” and three “myths” about the Sacramento Delta. Like any slick attorney, he is working on you as if you were on a jury to make sure you are persuaded of his case.
The Delta is where most of the water runoff from the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range ends up. California depends on the Delta for most of its water for farms and cites, as well as fishing and water recreation.
To understand the big issues with the upcoming Delta Plan of the State legislature’s Delta Stewardship Council and the proposed $11.1 billion Water Bond on the November ballot, it is important not to be distracted by small facts and alleged irrelevant myths.
The NRDC’s device for distracting you from the water issues of the Sacramento Delta is a purported checklist of so-called “facts” and “myths” about California’s water system. Let’s look at them without being diverted from the larger issues.