If there is one thing that motivates many volunteer environmentalists to keep on plugging away, it is the outrage we feel when we bump into an atrocious scheme like this one: Five years ago, Kern County took $14.3 million from a solar developer to help preserve farmland and the threatened Swainson’s hawk, and it has been trying to absorb these millions into its general fund without doing the mitigation.
From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by Lois Henry:
“So, a pile of water banked in Kern County is being used to support a massive urban development in Madera County.
“Before you try and wrap your head around how that’s geographically possible, there’s the whole question of whether the banked water (and other water slated for the project) even can be used for that purpose.”
“The deaths of two California condors found last month in water tanks used by Kern County firefighters have state wildlife officials working on a way to keep the large, endangered birds out of the tanks.
“Gov. Brown’s point man on water came to Bakersfield Tuesday to try and shore up support among water contractors for the administration’s proposed ‘twin tunnels’ project to route water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”
“Today’s dairies are raised and sloped to prevent the accumulation of rainwater. The water is collected in a lagoon and used to irrigate crops. There is no runoff into lakes and streams. … The claim that nitrate from cow manure is ruining our water supplies is likewise misplaced.”