Friday, July 25, 2008

Parkway Model & Peripheral Canal

1) The San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California is a superb example of a Joint Powers Authority managing a river park, similar to what we would like to see happen with the Parkway and considering the terrible fires they experienced last year, what they have been able to accomplish since is further testament to the power of partnership we would like to see brought to the Parkway.

An excerpt from their website.

“The San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority, also known as the San Dieguito River Park, is the agency responsible for creating a natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley. The Park will someday extend from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian.

“The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority was formed as a separate agency on June 12, 1989, by the County of San Diego and the Cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, San Diego and Solana Beach. It was empowered to acquire, plan, design, improve, operate and maintain the San Dieguito River Park.”

2) The peripheral canal is moving along in this report, as property owners along a proposed route are notified…very good news.

An excerpt.

“State water officials today are sending letters to about 1,000 property owners in the Delta – a heads up that surveyors may need to access private land to begin planning a canal to ferry fresh water to Southern California.

“Surveys won't begin until next year, but the letters confirm the seriousness of efforts to lay a controversial canal around the Delta.

"For the most part, this will be a wake-up call for a lot of people," said Mark Wilson of Clarksburg, a member of the Delta Protection Commission who represents farmers. "I don't think they realize the seriousness of this situation right now."

“State voters rejected what became known as the peripheral canal in 1982.

“It is back on the table as a proposed solution to environmental problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and to meet water demands in the Bay Area and Southern California.

“The Delta provides drinking water to about 25 million Californians.”