More Six States melarkey

Don’t dismiss the Six States proposal, writes MoBee Opinion Page Editor Mike Dunbar.

” … In a nutshell (choose almond or walnut), what have we got to lose?” Dunbar asks. “The rest of the state already ignores us.”

Our state will be an economic basket case — but it’ll have the water, Dunbar writes.

“As a separate state, we’d have the San Joaquin River and its delta mostly to ourselves. … Wonder how much some of that would be worth to folks in Beverly Hills or Tiburon or Menlo Park?”

If only. Water is not a regional property. It is owned based on a senority system: first come, first served, dating back to the 1800s. How the rights allocated within one California would play out if the crackbrained Six States proposal actually passed is anybody’s guess, because Vision Guy Tim Draper hasn’t addressed that little issue.
Presumably, rights holders would want their rights grandfathered in, or no deal. The Delta tunnels would probably go away; but presumably, also, big, “out-of-state” money would start flowing to our state’s politicians to help water exporters commandeer our state’s Department of Water Resources as they have done in the one California. Prohibiting that had better be our constitution’s Article I. 

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