By: Jean Hays
Do you give a dam (or a levee) about the fact that you, as a taxpayer, might be paying for more than $11 billion worth of water-related expenses that may or may not be needed in California?
Already this year, there have been two Fresno water forums on the forthcoming Water Bond Initiative. Not many facts have floated to the top. The information given was muddy, and you couldn’t see to the bottom of the river where the real truth lies. The last water legislation was passed by the California Legislature late in the night on November 3, 2009. The details are still murky and confusing.
The Valley Water Consortium invites you to a free informational gathering-the Central Valley Water Forum: Facts vs. Fictions-on Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Social Science Building at Fresno City College. The event is free, but you must register. Go to www.revivethesanjoaquin.org, click to download the registration form, complete it and return it to the address listed at the top. You may order a box lunch for $6 and include the check when you return the registration form, or, you may also brownbag it.
There will be a clear stream of information flowing all day, with ample time for Q&A. A top-notch group of speakers will present facts in the morning. In the afternoon breakout sessions, participants can attend two choices on water-related topics. Ending the day will be an all-important debate on the pros and cons of the November Water Bond Initiative.
Empower yourself with all the facts about our California water situation.
* Is it a real crisis?
* Is it really fish versus people?
* Where is our water going and to whom?
* Why isn’t all our water safe to drink?
We strongly urge you to attend the water forum on March 13. The facts will enable you to steer clear of the phony PR and scare tactics and sail smoothly to a place where you can make intelligent decisions about one of the things we cannot live without. It’s your water; it’s our water.