Water Is … Development?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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By looking at the incredible boom in building development in Goleta, one would never know that there was a critical local and state-wide resource scarcity: water.

Let’s be honest with ourselves: We are not yet serious about sustainability. If we were, then we wouldn’t continue to blindly promote the paradigm of endless growth as the model way to keep our economic system humming.

“Saved” water, squeezed from existing users either by “voluntary conservation” or by emergency ordinance, will serve only to free up water to be given to new shopping and hotel and residential developments. It’s a seemingly never ending and accepted requirement of perpetual growth. Except, of course, growth surely will end when we can’t pray, or hope, or desal, or conserve, or import any more water. This is where Montecito is finding itself now, after approving 500 new water meters — with no water to supply them. And imagine how many farmers would love to have that promised water, just to survive.

During the drought in the late ‘80s, when there was a development moratorium, I had to wait to move my family to Goleta until someone else moved out first. If that scenario is the only way we can preserve our precious, uncrowded, and lovely community from the unsustainable development that we are now experiencing, then I will pray for a continued lack of rain. And I will use as much water as I can possibly justify.


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Well said Eric , with the exception of your closing remark about maxing your water usage. You will find that upcoming changes to water rates will discourage that mentality , as the water districts try to recoup revenue lost by lower volume usage by customers.

geeber (anonymous profile)
February 4, 2014 at 3:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is unorthodox, therefore it must be untrue, however logical.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
February 5, 2014 at 9:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah nobody wants to talk about all those thirsty tourists. Can't and shouldn't deny them water but should it does once more illustrate the error of putting all of one's eggs in a single basket.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2014 at 12:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks Eric. Too many people & too little water - there's a fact nobody seems to be refuting. I keep hoping something good will come of this predicament. I was once thinking it might start with the Gaviota Plan. Home size restrictions? Renewable energy requirements? Sensible landscaping peramiters? NOPE! That would be unamerican! Too many restrictions. So what are the options? Nature will help us come up with a solution. Will we have to put the Humans on the endangered species list? Survival of the richest? It's going to be interesting. I'm trying to stay optimistic. I KNOW! I'll start a Drought Therapy business! Some people will be freaking out.

gaviotapowerranger (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2014 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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