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Wendell Peart
07/31/2014 11:24 AM

A paper, “Will California’s Drought Extend to 2015,” posted on June 16, on California Water Blog, by Jay Lund, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, and UC Davis Professor Emeritus Jeffery Mount, suggests that next year may be even worse than 2014. On the blog, they state, “In all, there is a 71 percent chance that next year will be below normal or drier and only a 29 percent chance of experiencing an above-normal or wet year.”

Their grim analysis concluded with the admonition, “During a severe drought, water managers and regulators must balance water deliveries in the current year against saving water for unknown conditions in coming years. It is statistically likely the drought will continue into next year... but given the odds, it makes sense to prepare for another dry year.”

Clearly, the professors point out that more people drawing water from a limited source, in of itself, creates enormous problems for those in charge of the water spigot.

The Amador County Board of Supervisors, aware that population growth, exacerbated by immigration, was impacting the water supply, particularly during drought, adopted Resolution No. 11-040 on April 12, 2011, “A Resolution in support of limitation of immigration into the United States.”

It states: Whereas, in California, immigration accounts directly and indirectly for 98 percent of California’s growth between 1990 and 2002, resulting in a current population of 38.8 million according to the Department of Finance; and,

Whereas, if California continues the present population increase, the population is predicted to increase by 60 million people by 2050; and

Whereas, increased legal and illegal immigration will impose additional tax burdens on State and local taxpayers; and,

Whereas, California’s illegal immigration is estimated to receive about ten dollars in state services for every dollar paid in state taxes; and,

Whereas, California’s budget problems are, in part, caused by a growing refugee and immigration population that heavily affects schools and health and welfare services; and,

Whereas, the high rate of immigration now occurring in California is devastating to low-income wage-working Californians; and,

Whereas, California’s population growth, exacerbated by legal and illegal immigration, continues to contribute to environmental degradation and pollution; and,

Whereas, California’s population has already outstripped the State’s finite water resources; and,

Whereas, California has been ordered to wean itself from the excess of 800,000 acre-feet of water over its legal allotment from the Colorado River; and,

Whereas, immigration is one of the most pressing problems of California, too many people living in poverty, the shortage of school rooms and teachers, the closing of hospitals, and the impact of overpopulation on biodiversity; and,

Whereas, a guest worker program for legal aliens will address shortages of labor deemed necessary requiring minimum skills, such as agricultural, construction, landscaping, restaurant and hotels.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Amador County Board of Supervisors does hereby support reducing total legal immigration to 300,000 persons per year, securing U.S. Borders through legislative authorization, including the issuance of bio-metric, tamper-proof ID’s to all legal aliens that would include aliens working in guest worker programs, and a reasonable penalty to the employer for every illegal alien found to be employed.

The foregoing resolution was duly passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Amador at a regular meeting thereof, held on the 12th day of April, 2011 by the following vote:

Ayes: Richard M. Forster, Louis D. Boitano and Brian Oneto

Noes: John Plasse and Theodore F. Novelli

The Amador County resolution is not anti-immigrant, because it recommends that immigration of 300,000 persons a year into the U.S.is a reasonable number. Neither is it anti-growth. The resolution points out, “California’s population has outstripped the State’s finite water supply,”

Drought only exacerbates the problem. It calls for a balance between the water supply and the population dependent upon that water.

(To be continued ... )

Wendell G. Peart, DVM, is a former member of the Amador County Water Resource Advisory Committee.

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