Merced River should remain protected

03/25/2013 7:21 PM

03/25/2013 7:23 PM

I agree with Mike Martin's article against HR 934, the Merced Irrigation District's idea to block their spillway to allow additional water storage in wetter years.

MID is doing an end run around an act of Congress that their own board agreed to unanimously in 1991. Why is the first victim of a need for storage a federally protected wild segment of the Merced River?

What else has MID tried than reservoir storage? Nothing. This is a cheap political twist on a little project damaging a very remote place.

I see few benefits, if any, (maybe some water sold to Westlands), but major problems for sure. Jobs are in, so they talk about jobs, but water storage does not make jobs.

The Bee says we should study MID's idea. That is strange. Apply that logic to Yosemite? I don't think so.

Rep. Tom McClintock, like Jeff Denham before him, does not care for protected rivers. And the devil is in the agency that would review such studies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

An act of Congress protects the river forever, like a park. FERC licenses dams; that is its job, not environmental review. The Merced is a national Wild and Scenic River despite FERC! Tell your senators to oppose HR 934.


founder/chair Merced Canyon Committee 1983-87


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