Ventura and its phantom water

The water level at Lake Casitas.

We have a spooky unnatural phenomenon here in Ventura — an invisible supply of water that the civic powers can barter with, even in its ghostly immaterial form. That’s what our City Council has just negotiated with a municipality not too far away. We will lease a partial allotment of our state water supply, which does not actually exist, to San Gorgonio, so we do not have to pay full price for a yearly promise of water, and we keep our place in line to get it, someday .

In order to receive those valuable Sierra waters, we would have to connect to the state water project with a long pipe from Camarillo, which we learn could take two or three years to build. But even more importantly, the state would actually have to have that water for us, which it clearly does not. It’s down to 5% of normal supplies. You have seen the photos of empty reservoirs up and down the state, some so empty they are exposing dead bodies in barrels dumped in these reservoirs years ago. Who did this? We don’t know. (Did these folks, “Sleep with da fishes?”) Like so much about water in California, everything is shrouded in political mist and dark suspicion.

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