Justin Fareed, Republican “This has to be a top priority for us at the county level, state level and federal level. This means we have to invest back into infrastructure whether its desal, which is great new technology. Desalination has been around for a long time but the technology associated with it that keep the energy demand low and something that is more environmentally-friendly is something we definitely need to pursue. I believe we need to pursue water treatment facilities and increase our capacity in current reservoirs.”

24th District Congressional Candidates on Drought

By Carina Corral / Posted on June 1 / KSBY

Ahead of next week’s primary, we’re talking with the nine congressional candidates in the running to replace Rep. Lois Capps, who announced she will not seek re-election after nearly 20 years in office.

In alphabetical order, here’s how the candidates would work to alleviate the water shortage.

Katcho Achadjian, Republican “We need to do our best to have storage in place before the next rain season comes because otherwise, like in previous months when it rained, it washed out into the ocean and we weren’t able to do anything about it. That’s one, two if we start spending money it’s easier to get federal money and it’s much easier for me to ask for money when were spending money. So there’s a partnership, but there are other ways to look at water too, desalination plants.”

Salud Carbajal, Democrat “I think the federal government has a clear role to play with the state of California. They could provide funding for infrastructure to assist with environmentally-friendly desalination plants and also to invest to allow for the recycling of our water that comes out of our sanitary districts. Incentive funding could be provided so that purveyors across boundaries can work together to come up with comprehensive water security plants for our region.”

Justin Fareed, Republican “This has to be a top priority for us at the county level, state level and federal level. This means we have to invest back into infrastructure whether its desal, which is great new technology. Desalination has been around for a long time but the technology associated with it that keep the energy demand low and something that is more environmentally-friendly is something we definitely need to pursue. I believe we need to pursue water treatment facilities and increase our capacity in current reservoirs.”

Steve Isakson, Independent “We are fortunate to have in the eastern part of the district very rich green energy: solar energy, it’s one of the best in the country and I would support legislation to develop that to run the desalination plant  .. the other big area where we could benefit is 80 percent of the water used is used for agriculture. I think the research arms of the federal government could be used to learn how to use the water more effectively.”

Matt Kokkonen, Republican “We are letting million of gallons, billions of fresh water flow into the salt water because of a small, non-native fish. I would much rather see that water going to the valley to farmers to keep the employment going in the valley for our own food.”
Q: So you would pass funding for more infrastructure, more water storage?
A: Yes, but I would also make sure legislation permits funding of dams even for small farms, they have the facility to make small dams that would help agriculture a huge amount.”>

Benjamin Lucas, Democrat “I would do an aquifer from the Great Lakes. Lake Superior across the transcontinental highway, a four-foot pipe. It gives water to the rural communities above, you drop it down into Lake Mead, you use it as a head tank for the dam up there then it would supply water to Arizona, New Mexico and California ..  I would ask the Canadian government to pay for the pipeline and we’ll give them passage for the Keystone pipeline through our country and we’ll share our resources.”

Bill Ostrander, Democrat “There are lots of methods of which we can change the way we produce food that we can save water and leave more of it in the ground, such as more perennials, doing no till, doing more cover cropping, things like that where the ground doesn’t dry out, doing less ariel irrigation which wastes a lot of water. There are still a lot of people with too big of rain bird shower heads on their homes in LA and SF. We need to do a lot more at cutting back.”

Helene Schneider, Democrat “The key I believe is to enhance the diversification of water supply, figuring out different ways that you can get water whether it’s through desalination, but also through conservation, recycled water through better efficient infrastructure and we have to work as a region making sure everyone involved both homeowners, business owners and farmers are able to have the water they need to keep health and safety and their crops moving well.”

John Uebersax, Independent “Well once again I think our ability to respond to a crisis like the drought has been impaired by 15 years of war and I’m not just saying that as a platform to talk about my favorite subject. We are not responding well to these crisis. I remember in LA during the drought there 20 years ago, we were a lot more mobilized and the drought wasn’t as bad, so it was on our minds. For starters I think we need to do more to catch rain water at the housing and municipal level.”