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Dan Masnada

With California continuing to face water supply challenges, the Santa Clarita Valley business community will have a chance to hear the latest on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, at the next Valley Industry Association lunch, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Valencia Country Club.

The SCV community depends on Sierra Nevada snow pack that flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. However, a century of human activity has caused land to subside behind weak and unstable levees. A single major earthquake could cause the levees to fail, drawing in salt water from the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is being developed as a 50-year habitat conservation plan aimed at restoring the delta’s ecosystem and securing California’s water supplies.

At the Jan. 21, luncheon, Terry Erlewine of the State Water Contractors and Dan Masnada of Castaic Lake Water Agency will discuss California’s existing water infrastructure and the plans to modernize it.

“Preserving our water supply continues to be a hot-button issue, and for good reason,” VIA President and CEO Kathy Norris said. “Without water, everything comes to a halt, and I believe the business community will benefit from hearing Terry and Dan’s analysis of current issues and the way forward.”

logo-via1Reservations are required for the luncheon. Members who reserve by Jan. 9 pay $40, or $45 between Jan. 10-16. After Jan. 16, the cost is $50. The cost for non-members is $65. Please RSVP no later than Jan. 16. “No shows” or cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will be billed. There is a $10 surcharge for attendees without a reservation. The Valencia Country Club is located at 27330 N. Tourney Road. The luncheon is sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita, Poole and Shaffery, L/B/W Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., Mellady Direct Marketing, SCVTV, KHTS AM-1220 and The Signal. Reservations can be made by visiting www.VIA.org/Calendar or calling the VIA office at (661) 294-8088.

The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, providing members the opportunity to network and collaborate on a broad range of business issues. More information about VIA is available at www.via.org.

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5 Comments

  1. why is your style of posting so confusing?

    • Jan McCleery says:

      Hi Francois – I was curious who you were referring to? The only two posts were after yours and very clear.

  2. Osha Meserve says:

    There is no earthquake justification for the BDCP. Even if some levees failed (a very rare occurrence), freshwater would flush out the system within months at the longest. Meanwhile export communities would temporarily rely on other sources of water.

    The Santa Clarita community should fully investigate the BDCP, and in particular understand its costs and environmental consequences, before supporting it. Re routing the Sacramento River through tunnels is not “modernization” and would do nothing for water export recipients in dry years such as the current one. There are other more cost effective alternatives for greater water supply reliability that should be pursued.

  3. Bill Wells says:

    There are no active earthquake faults in the Delta. The faults are under the San Luis dam and the Edmund G. Brown California Aquaduct.

    Diverting the Sacramento River around the Delta via twin 40 foot diameter tunnels creates no new water and has no effect on a drought except making it easier to take water from one region and sell it to another.

    This scheme is only supported by a few greedy water cartels and state officials that frequently go to work for them after leaving public service.

    If this scheme is allowed to come to fruition it will be a disaster for all of California not just the Delta.

    Bill Wells
    Executive Director
    California Delta Chambers & Visitor’s Bureau

  4. Jan McCleery says:

    The question I hope Santa Clarita asks is “Why the SCV community depends on Sierra Nevada snow pack that flows through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.?” The issue isn’t about perceived earthquake risks ( the “earthquake bogey” made up by BDCP proponents). Instead the question that should be asked is why the state isn’t pursuing real alternatives to exporting from the Delta which is already over-subscribed. Why aren’t desalination plants, ground water recharge, recycling plants and conservation being implemented? Maybe because the corporate agribusinesses that make money from water transfers want the state to stay reliant on Delta exports which they control?

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