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Letter to the Editor

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/27/11

Area should get water from state

When the California State Water Project was authorized in 1960, it resulted in a water conveyance system that was designed to deliver water to the western slopes of the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, plus all the coastal counties, starting with Santa Clara southward to just north of San Diego.

Seventy percent of this water goes to metropolitan areas, 30 percent goes to agriculture. The cost for this water varies depending on the distance it travels. Santa Clara, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and all coastal counties to San Diego receive this water with two exceptions. Why is it that Monterey and Santa Cruz counties do not benefit from this precious source of surface water? Santa Clara County, by the way, pays approximately $350 per acre foot for this same water.

Every week I read articles discussing the pros and cons of developing desalination plants. Estimates as to the cost of water generated from these plants range from $1,000 to $2,700 per acre foot. If the State Water Project can reach Santa Clara and San Benito counties, why is it that Santa Cruz and Monterey counties were bypassed? It looks like we are barking up the wrong tree.

Lawrence Easterling Jr., Royal Oaks

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