Of what few circumstances make Brentwood’s economic vitality, none is more important than our Delta. But alas – Sacramento is at it again, and this time we are not even raising a brow as they try to take it away.
As the proposal for a peripheral canal (known legally as H.R.1837) seeps through the legislature to Jerry Brown’s desk, the time has passed when one would hope we’d defend our Delta. But there is no such defense. We are willfully ignorant of the proposed theft of our water by Southern California, and even more what it means for our local economy. The region strains for fresh water, and salt water creeps up past the Antioch bridge; and they expect us to forfeit what freshwater we have! What would become of our farms? Our local ecosystem? What would become of our town?
The people who know this is happening are mute. There is no grievance made. As private Southern California water interests plot the heist of our liquid gold, there is nothing. Friends of the Delta, I commend you for making that movie of our local treasure. I wish everyone here could’ve seen it to know what is at stake.
We do not know what we have until it is lost. But this time history does not have to repeat itself. This time we know what is coming, and we can drape ourselves in political armor for it. If we are to protect our livelihood from Californian greed, we must learn about it, then we must fight it. On behalf of our heritage and our future, we must learn to take part in Sacramento politics, or we will be taken apart. By that time, it will be altogether too late.