“Everything but the water”

Posted on | May 12, 2010 | 3 Comments

Dear University of California Regents,

California’s water system is on the brink of collapse. If we fail to figure out our water supply, California fails as a state. Clamor from various users, be they Delta fishermen, Central Valley farmers or Southern California realtors is deafening. Each group tells the story in ways that suit their cases. Only one place, the University of California’s Water Resources Center Archives, is dedicated to systematic and impartial collection and cataloging of the kind of information that will help us find our way forward.

There could be no more foolhardy step than to dismantle the Water Resources Center Archives at the moment that they are most desperately needed. Please find a way to save and build the collection as a powerful way to save and build our state.

Sincerely,

Emily Green

Click here for how, and why, to support the Water Resources Center Archives. Click here for High Country News on the archives, and here for the take of Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick.

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3 Responses to ““Everything but the water””

  1. David Zetland
    May 12th, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Emily — I doubt that they want to dismantle it and build a big bonfire or sell the stuff on Amazon. It’s more likely that they fire staff and roll the collection into another library. I’d prefer that Linda and the crew stay in place and have more $, but they’re not hitting the budget/performance numbers that other divisions want. Maybe the State Library can take over the collection?

  2. Eric
    May 13th, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    Thank you for this post. I’ve spent happy hours in the WRCA and would be heartbroken if it closed. Moving it elsewhere would be acceptable, I suppose (I’ve selfishly enjoyed living only a BART ride away) — as long as the collection stays intact, and is tended just as carefully after the move. Neither closing it altogether, if it comes to that, nor dispersing and distributing its holdings, is an acceptable course of action. We should not treat a legislative creation this carelessly, as it would be the utmost folly to close this precious resource, especially at this point in time.

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