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A Way to Keep Water From Going to Waste

June 19, 2005

Re "A Shocking Water Noncrisis," editorial, June 15: So, the California Water Plan aims toward regional management and "wringing every bit of utility from every drop of water"? Why then in the last five months have thousands of gallons per minute of water run through Hansen Dam, where it is allowed to flow into the L.A. River and become immediately polluted and useless as it runs out to the ocean?

This isn't farm or grazing land runoff, but pure mountain water from Big and Little Tujunga Canyon streams.

Hansen Dam reservoir is capable of holding a lot of water -- it was a huge lake when I was a kid. Is there no administrator capable of saying, "Let's close the floodgates and keep some of this water for the future."

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Water District is spending millions of dollars on ads recommending planting native California plants and encouraging water conservation. Practice what you preach, you hypocrites.

William Winkler

Sunland

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