I have a new piece out in the V.C. Reporter about Ventura County and proposed plans to connect to state water. This is a big deal. All prehistoric Chumash settlements in the region correspond with annual water flow. Junipero Serra consecrated his ninth and final mission here on Easter Sunday, 1782, and then the mission went about building a 7.5-mile aqueduct to secure water from San Antonio Creek and the Ventura River and send it out to fields and cisterns. Water has always been an essential, but local, issue.
What are the possible benefits? Who is benefiting and at whose expense? What are the costs? Missed opportunities?
I don’t answer or even ask all of these questions in the piece, but they are on my mind. Read more here.