Rep. Bob Lagomarsino has been quoted as describing environmentalists' proposals to protect all of Sespe Creek from development as "ridiculous."
The congressman has, we believe, a genuine interest in protecting our Ventura County backcountry. What is happening is that the local population at large is actively demonstrating that they feel this protection ought to be increased. A Ventura County Star-Free Press poll at the County Fair found 77% (of nearly 900 polled) in favor of "barring dams on the entire creek." That's a pretty clear message.
Keep the Sespe Wild Committee continues to demonstrate how minor an option the Sespe is for future supplies of water. The 8,000 acre-feet per year figure, used currently by dam proponents, equals only 2% of our total annual water usage countywide. Is this worth $300 million in capital outlay--on your shoulders?
Use of reclaimed water and a 10% level of conservation (Metropolitan Water District has achieved this 10% level in its service area in the Southland and is aiming for another 10%) will be a far less expensive option, gaining up to 90,000 acre-feet of water a year.