Problems with the Bay Area aren't our concern

April 6, 2013 

The dams on the Stanislaus and Merced rivers were built early in the last century.

A lot has happened to the Bay Area since then.

The State Water Project was completed, which has nothing to do with us.

The Bay Area added a few million people.

Millions of gallons of oil have dripped from cars and some people dump oil intentionally in the storm drains.

Large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides run off of yards, into the streets and into the bay.

A large part of the U.S. Pacific fleet was based in the bay during World War II.

One of the largest ship-building facilities in the world — Kaiser — was on that same bay with no restriction on discharges.

Two large oil refineries were built right on the water.

More than a hundred invasive species have been introduced into the bay and delta regions; many of them are predators of native species or displace natives.

All of these developments have had profound impacts on the bay and delta.

Sounds like the residents of Merced and Stanislaus counties are being asked to solve problems that they did not create.

MAXWELL NORTON

Atwater

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