Letters to the Editor: Oct. 7, 2016
Stage 3 rationing
affects tourists too
Your recent article about the crisis and how people can help with suggestions for reducing water usage was very interesting.
I do not live on Catalina but my husband and I have rented for a week a property on Pebbly Beach Road.
This is from Dec. 29-Jan 4 over New Year’s. I purchased tickets to the gala New Year’s Eve event (you know what those cost) and it is our wedding anniversary that night as well.
We were married on the Big Island of Hawaii 13 years ago after meeting at our Lakewood High School 40th Reunion- so an island anniversary is perfect!
However, we have received notice from the property owner that he may face fines for over usage of water and may have to alter or cancel rental of his property!!!! Yikes!!!
So, as you can see, a non-resident is as worried as you are about the problem.
I wrote to him saying we will bring enough clothing that we will not use the washer, we can shower together to conserve water, and promise to drink wine and champagne instead of water...And I told him we would bring as much water as we can.
Have you ever considered asking VISITORS to help? If people brought more water to the island couldn’t that help you residents?
They could take back their plastic containers before departing or a large container for recycling at the docks could be used. It would just be like when we go camping-bring large dispensers of water and take the container home.
Anyway, I felt compelled to write even if I don’t live there-but I do have a financial investment there now (rental for a week, $185 each New Year’s Eve tickets) and would like to help in any way possible.
Mission Viejo, CA
A solution to Catalina’s
There has been a lack of recognition that the state of California has a unique geographic/ meteorological advantage that can aid it in the inexpensive geo-engineered conversion of Pacific ocean water into unlimited fresh water.
The Chinese have expanded existing islands in the China Sea for militaristic purposes; California can do the same in its battle with Mother Nature.
Whether from an offshore island (or onshore), drawing-up sea water in large hoses and spraying the mist over any grid of glowing hot material would create large plumes of rising steam clouds, devoid of salt.
It would also create a slurry pool of concentrated salt water that can be reduced … dried … and barged off for industrial and commercial sale.
Meanwhile, constant, dependable easterly pacific breezes will naturally transport YOUR clouds of (desalinated) water vapor to YOUR Sierra and San Bernardino mountain ranges where the clouds are divested of water into rain and snow.
What clouds don’t make it to the mountains will create shade before raining onto your lakes, rivers and lawns (in addition to the largest and most productive growing valley on Earth).
With the skyrocketing price of water, the ability to fill your reservoirs (even during continuous drought) could be worth upwards of 80 trillion over the next 20 years, without factoring improved quality of life.
I have worked for a California defense contractor and have decades of over-the-horizon perspective, but this isn’t rocket science; it’s simple science – 1) evaporation removes salt; 2) hot air rises; 3) pacific breezes blow eastward; 4) mountains harvest cloud water; and 5) The Alaskan Gulf current that runs down your coastline (with its frigid waters) should magnify these effects.
Not only does this make sense; it can maxke dollars on several levels. The feds have a track record of support for geo-engineering.
Providing year round moisture to your flora statewide will reinvigorate your bone-dry forests! Building this infrastructure alone would create hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs along the entire west coast!
Water tables will be naturally refilled. Instead of leaving the state, people most definitely will come!
Most meteorologists spend their day analyzing wind currents. Today we use their intel passive/defensively when projecting a forest fire’s path.
Yet, a 300-station-steam-driven-sprinkler-system that spans the entire west coast would make the mild-mannered weather girl the aggressor.
By riding the same wind that drives a fire, our clouds will use up-wind positioning to track down a fire more doggedly than any heat seeker.
Humans, forest fires, armies and jets share a lethal design flaw—a glaring vulnerability to a rear attack.
A fire’s rear is usually the focal point of fuel depletion along with wind and temperature abatement.
Enveloping any wind-driven fire from behind magnifies these inherent defects.
Dousing the embers that conflagrations rely upon to jump fire breaks and pre-dousing surrounding trees would seal its fate.
Fire coverage from this device would extend from Northern Canada to central Mexico and 1,000 miles inland.
With 8 million lightning strikes on Earth every 24 hours (and a large ratio over North America) our US Forestry Service is in dire need of 21st century weaponry of this caliber in its losing war (with a 1.7 billion dollar price tag for 2015 alone).
American supremacy at war is based on one bedrock tenet—we own the sky!
While I have tried to lay this out for you simply and logically, I’ve also tried not to overwhelm you with data, as I appreciate how precious your time is and how daunting it would be to investigate a mere theory of this nature.
I now live far from California, and have nothing to gain, either way.
Yet, It pains me no end to see that you’re holding a winning lottery ticket that would create an unimaginable Disney-like renaissance for generations to come for virtually every single life form in the state ... when all you have to do is realize it and cash it in.
My continuous efforts to debunk this theory have only led to more reinforcement for it at every turn: economically, environmentally, employment-wise, socially, morally, etc.
I believe there are many who would welcome this information, but I have no voice to share it.