Hello, new readers. Thank you for your attention and visits. I am always grateful to have readers; I hope you also comment. (Hello, readers who’ve been with me all along. Dude, we got blog-famous.)
This is not an easy blog to read. Over time, I have found that I have only one writing voice. My attempts at anything more basic or gentler just languish in the Drafts section. For the same reason, I don’t explain background. If this is not your field, you can find background at Maven’s Notebook, the California Water Blog, or the Water Education Foundation. Also, I trust you to get jokes without highlighting or explaining them. You can always write me to ask about anything that sounds off or that I left unclear. One of my primary goals for my writing is to be clear enough that the reader knows precisely why and where she disagrees (if she does). If I’ve missed that goal, I want to know.
There are a whole lot of archives in the archives. This piece captures a lot of my philosophy. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about drought, about paying for damages caused by subsidence, about the new groundwater agencies and griping about water markets. OK, I’ve been griping about water markets for years. Every now and then someone will write something very rich, and I’ll be able to do a whole series.
Of all of my posts, I probably like this one best. I was so angry. It was near the end of the last drought and the commander at Lemoore Naval Air Station got on the news in uniform, talking about how the ESA protections for smelt needed to be voided immediately, so his base could get water for homeland security reasons. It is an obscure post that digs into online resources and calls out a weak argument; it lays on the righteousness real thick. That sums up the blog well, I’d say.