Friday, September 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Water thieves sucked creek dry

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From page A6 | July 31, 2014 |

I see you are going to relate the story of the demise and revival of the Putah Creek. Good! This story needs telling.

Allow me to recount the history in a nutshell:
People upstream dammed the river that ran past Davis, and despite promises they would maintain flows, cut it off almost completely. They (the Solano Irrigation District) argued that the water was critical for agricultural needs.But investigation found that most of the diverted water was being sent down South for huge profit.

When the creek was in desperate straits, they offered to allow Davis to buy water to restore the flow. This was, simply put, extortion. (I remember the dilemma of wanting to save the fish, but not wanting to give in to extortion.)

The Putah Creek Council went to court and, after many years, eventually got the court to order the robbers upstream to maintain the flows in the creek. This was hailed as a victory, but nobody was punished, for what was, if not criminal behavior, at least malfeasance. There were no fines, reparations or incarcerations, after many years of extortion and lies and profiteering.
I remember seeing the sign on the bridge at Mace Boulevard that said “No Fishing from the Bridge.” At the time, I seriously considered adding a sign that would read “On account of no water, no fish! No foolin’!”
Have I got this right?
Gabe Lewin

Davis

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