The sun sets over Soberanes Pt., bringing yet another week without rain to an end.
The ground is drying out, there’s no rain in sight, and the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for drought through at least the end of March. As people use more water in years without plentiful rainfall, Cal-Am could even run into trouble with the pumping limits imposed by the Cease and Desist Order this year … meaning rationing could be months, not years, away. No need to wait for 2016!
Meanwhile, the Regional Desal Project, that blazing sun they said would light our way to a brilliant water future, has collapsed through a cascade of unsavory revelations, investigations, indictments, and adverse court rulings, into an amorphous black hole. A black hole whose crushing gravity devours public money and the credibility of local officials and agencies at ever-increasing rates, and from which no public benefit seems likely ever to escape.
But have no fear. If a way can be found to save the project’s most important attributes … attributes like keeping control of the project out of the hands of the people elected by the ratepayers to represent them on water issues, and sticking the ratepayers of the Monterey Peninsula with the bill, not only for their own ridiculously expensive desalted water, but also for nearly all the cost of desalting water for Marina Coast Water District customers … it will surely be done.
So, while we wait for the conclusion of the secret negotiations over the Regional Project’s fate, let’s get outside and enjoy all this unexpected sunshine … before everything dries out completely.