imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news



CopWatch LA


A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network: africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

How could they [SNWA] not have known?

by George Knapp (LV City Life) Saturday, Jun. 09, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Drought and over extended water rights to developers resulted in the SNWA pushing the panic button and proposing the rural water grab pipeline as a needed measure to prevent an "urban collapse" scenario. The SNWA propaganda may be serving the interests of developers looking to build suburban sprawl along the U.S. 93 corridor parallel to the proposed pipeline route.

Oh, woe is us. Who could have ever foreseen the dreadful calamity that has struck? How could we have possibly known that the economy might collapse or that a drought might occur? Dearie me, the humanity of it all.

The handwringing and excuse-making is in full blossom over at Southern Nevada Water Authority. By now, water officials have a thick file of ready-made phrases to explain how and why they got us into such a mess. Mostly, those excuses center on the fact that no one could have known that our situation would get so bad, so therefore it is no one's fault.

That's bull. Water officials in general -- and one in particular -- have been using this crappy, see-through, all-purpose, get-out-of-jail-free card for a lot of years now, but it no longer holds water, no pun intended. The situation we find ourselves in is the direct result of piss-poor planning for the past 25 years, of selective myopia spawned by greed for dollars and personal power. To say that no one could have seen any of this coming -- which is what the water folks said again and again this week, as they did last year and the year before -- is a bunch of crap.

Tell me, business owners, how do you like those water bills you've been getting, the ones that jumped 100 percent, 200 percent or 300 percent in just a month? Well, if you love those bills, wait until you see what's next. As we now know, our water officials needed a way to pay for $3 billion in debt they rang up for expensive projects during their drunken-sailor spending spree. Three years from now, even more debts will come due, and no matter how you cut it, the rest of us will have to come up with a way to pay off that debt as well, because they didn't have an alternate plan. Oh, but there's much more to come.

Back in the 1980s, when everything was grow-at-any cost, water officials were repeatedly warned that the Colorado River basin is historically prone to drought, that drought is more the norm here in the driest state in the country. They looked at the historical tree-ring records, which show there have been numerous droughts longer than the current one -- and chose to ignore the information because no one wanted to spoil the party. And then, when the drought finally hit, which was inevitable, they whined that no one could have foreseen it. It took them four years into the drought before they finally adopted a drought emergency policy. That's called poor planning.

How about foreseeing the end of the growth boom? No one saw that coming either, eh? More than five years ago, SNWA paid for its own expensive study, which predicted exactly what would happen if growth stopped, and surely they had to realize it would happen one day. They had no plan for that day, no way to pay for these projects. The result is that current business owners, already struggling to hang on, are left to pay for huge water projects that were built to encourage even more ridiculous and unsustainable growth.

What about the third-straw project, the one that extends SNWA's reach out into the deepest part of the lake? Isn't that where the first straw should have gone, not the third? Bad planning again, and extra bad planning to believe that a construction project of that complexity would run into no problems along the way and wouldn't need more public dollars.

So now we come to the greatest boondoggle of all -- the water grab. If you like what a $3 billion debt has done to your water bills, Mr. Businessman, then brace yourself for the bill you will get once they start spending $15 billion on the proposed water grab/pipeline project. It is ridiculous to even contemplate, and yet, every day, your water agencies are spending big piles of dough to pave the way for the pipeline. Every day, year after year, dollar after dollar.

Still, SNWA will tell you that we have no choice. The water grab is our only option. It is the only option because that is the only option they have studied and promoted. There are other options, but they have never been given a fair shake because someone decided early on that this is the only way to go. It's as if someone in power has an uncle in the pipe-building business.

Residential water customers might be breathing a sigh of relief, but shouldn't. The burden for all this spending is about to be spread around. Heck, there's even a new subcommittee of a larger committee all ready to study how to resolve the mess. Watch your back, homeowners. It's coming your way.

GEORGE KNAPP is a Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Reach him at gknapp [at]
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Local News

Public art project aspires to save California N18 3:42PM

Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist P F Sloan Died On Nov 16 N17 4:48PM

A Plea For Support From Will B N15 4:23PM

10 Shocking Realities of the TPP N09 4:47PM

KPFK needs your VOTE ! or lose it. O31 4:51PM


KPFK is losing and reducing it's main programmers, so can Fresh ones emerge there instead? O26 5:58PM

Fall 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! O26 7:58AM

A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere O25 9:48PM

KPFK Updating: a coup? or failure? or.... O25 5:04PM

Kapparot Chicken Slaughter Causes Outrage: Activists Demand Change O06 1:59PM

Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections O05 12:39AM

A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk O03 12:51PM

Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley S28 3:52PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

US Forces South Africa To Import Sick Birds N25 9:10AM

Presidential Candidates Criticize Pfizer Merger N25 8:19AM

Turkey's Downing of a Russian Fighter Jet Moves the Doomsday Clock Very Close to Midnight N25 5:46AM

Kim Kardashian Hollywood Online Hack N25 4:51AM

NATO is harboring the Islamic State N25 4:43AM

Paraphysique de l'Etat d'urgence N25 1:23AM

Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization N25 1:18AM

Democracy Now, Military Times, Guardian Articles On Soldiers Refusing To Drop Drones etc N24 9:10AM

Warhammer 40000 Freeblade Hack Generator N24 8:23AM

First Amendment Under Covert Attack N23 6:27PM

Insanity of the police/fbi community N23 1:35PM

No to Racism and War! N23 6:02AM

Fifa 16 Coin Generator N23 3:24AM

(A-Radio) Northern Europe 1: Musta Pispala festival in Finland N23 12:36AM

Paranoïa ou la vérité d'une société N22 11:54PM

Wicked fbi and their mischievous police friends N22 11:22AM

Mobile Strike Hack Generator Gold and VIP N22 4:02AM

“None Dare Call It Conspiracy:” How U.S. Elites Made Islamist Militants the New Red Menace N21 5:05AM


Monsanto Patenting World's Seeds, Controlling World's Food, Causing Cancer, Killing Bees, N20 9:59AM

Indigenous Hispanic areas also Economic Rights US N20 8:14AM

Paraphysique de l'hybris pirocratie N19 11:44PM

Free Kicks Tips on FIFA 16 N19 11:20PM


The Shortwave Report 11/20/15 Listen Globally! N19 5:07PM

(A-Radio) Eastern Europe 5: Anarchist Black Cross Warsaw N19 2:20PM

Paraphysique de lapalissade N19 6:17AM

Paris Attacks - Bourgeois Terrorism N18 2:03PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy