WELCOME to the GREAT Indian Wells Valley Water Wars of 2021 (Public Comment at 9/13/2021 IWVWD Meeting)
“If the U.S. Navy can’t figure this out and offer a solution we all lose. We’re at war with ourselves.”
Ridgecrest CA, Sept. 13, 2021`
Public comments by Mike Sinnott at the Indian Wells Valley Water District on 9/13/2021:
If there ever was a time for “We the People” to stand up and make our voices heard, it’s right here, right now.
Over the last 9 months, we’ve watched our nation walk into the shadow of the valley of death.
I believe the vast majority in our country have been awakened and you’ll understand why I’m willing to stand here today and you’ll know why I’m doing what I’m about to do.
I intend to file a Class Action lawsuit in Federal Courth against the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, et al.
“Et Al” is Latin for “and others”. Who are the others? Stay tuned.
I’m here today because of what you’re doing as a Board of Directors. You’re leading the way.
You had the guts to file a “Comprehensive Adjudication” lawsuit against the Groundwater Authority and what you are demonstrating is your Leadership with action. Most importantly, it’s the right thing to do…
It’s true, if you hadn’t filed your lawsuit, I wouldn’t be planning to file a Class Action Lawsuit in a Federal Court. I’m willing to be the sacrificial lamb so to speak, but someone has to do it or we’re toast, and that’s not a joke. But it’s the Indian Wells Valley Water District that’s leading the way.
It’s not only the right thing to do, we as Americans have an obligation and a duty to protect our rights or, as you can see, we’ll lose them, and we’ll lose them ALL.
This could be a fun Class Action Lawsuit if there is such a thing. Everyone in the Valley can play along and join the fight.
Here’s two things you must keep in mind if you’re a resident in the Indian Wells Valley:
- If there’s a government agency in this town that truly represents “We the People”, it’s the Indian Wells Valley Water District. You’re fortunate to have Don Zdeba as your general manager. I don’t know why he’s still here, I thought he’d be retired by now and moving to Arizona. I would like to thank Don for sticking around. You may have to be here a little longer.
Don, I would have come out of my shoes too if the City Council had treated me that way. I’m with you.
This is OUR water district. We built it and we paid for it. And Don has been for the entire era of SGMA. This is very important for the water district, and it is important that he stay here until we resolve this mess. Sorry Don.
- In addition to working to bring us clean fresh water, you know this isn’t just about importing water or paying a replenishment fee to refill the Basin, which by the way is the same thing as paying for water that someone else consumed in the past, you know it’s all about your future and your children and grandchildren’s future.
There aren’t many people in the valley that understand water and wells. There’s no need to drink bottled water in the Indian Wells Valley Water District. Think of fresh mountain spring water, without the arsenic. It’s about the best you can get, bar none.
We have to have water. It’s the springboard of life.
I had the good fortune to live in the most dynamic growth economy in history for 35 years, and it was water that started it all. The Central Arizona Canal is the only reason that Phoenix metro area has 4 1/2 million people.
Now I’m not suggesting that Growth is a good thing for the Indian Wells Valley. If we’re going to grow, we must fix first what we have. The work your doing now is part of that. But Growth for the sake of growth is a bad thing. It’s unsustainable. We live in a desert. Phoenix is a desert and the growth in Phoenix is absolutely unsustainable. Look at Las Vegas too. Although they’ve been able to bank some of their Colorado River Water using strong conservation programs, all the States in the Compact are running out of water.
This is the biggest headline that should be in the news for September 13, 2021: First-Ever Colorado River Water Shortage Declaration Spurs Water Cuts in the Southwest. That’s today folks. It’s never happened in the 100 year history of the Colorado River Compact.
You know this is about private property rights which are one and the same with water rights. It’s Our WATER, not Navy’s, and what’s good for us is good for them. In addition, you shouldn’t think that there isn’t enough water in our basin. I believe there’s more than just a 43 year supply, and we have the time to get it right. On that reason and that reason alone, you should’nt borrow any money to pay for a replenishment fee. It’s just a ruse to borrow money to pay for water you already drank. I’m glad to see that the Water District also has good judgement and has declined the City of Ridgecrest’s demands.
We can talk about that another day, now that perhaps we’ve got the Navy’s attention. And I don’t believe the Mayor when he tries to scare you by telling you Armegeddon is coming with a 75% water reduction. Even he admits he doesn’t know about water, but he invests in it. That should tell you something. He’s setting you up to be a loser.
And we’re Americans and we don’t like losing. When our leaders fail in their sacred duties to uphold their obligations to the people, it’s time to fight. We’ve been fighting since the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. We may have to take on the Navy and the Bureau of Land Managment, the two big gorillas in our house.
I smell the thrill of victory in the air and the pendulum is swinging back our way. (I was wrong, Newsom survived Recall)
If anything is to be learned from the tragedies of the Civil War that began in 1861, World War 1 and 2, and the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Vietnam and Korea, it’s that in war there are no winners… China Lake NAWS shouldn’t be in competition with us when it comes to water. I don’t know what to say about their strategy. They are unwilling to come to the table and are using back door methods to get their way. They are NOT good neighbors. I know many of you don’t like to hear that, but that’s the Truth.
If the U.S. Navy can’t figure this out and offer a solutions we all lose. We’re at war with ourselves.
There will be no winners unless we learn from the mistakes made in the past and the Navy and City of Ridgecrest have made plenty going back in time since the beginning.
One of the most important things my Dad ever taught me is to not be a quitter. So here I am in Ridgecrest California, and I’m putting my money where my mouth is.
Most importantly for you, I’ll probably have to keep my mouth shut for a while and that’s not going to be easy as my friends will probably tell you. I’m sure the there are few out there that are jumping up and down with joy. I’m not making any friends here. Most of you know what happens in this town if you get out of line. So I’m going to suggest we all get out of line for a change and let them sweat a little. Cancel culture isn’t necessarily new, it’s been going on a long time it’s just called something different.
I’m doing what I believe is the right thing, just as the IWVWD is doing the right thing and Searles Valley Minerals is doing the right thing.
We have no conflicts of interest and the Navy doesn’t either. This isn’t about their mission or encroachment. They just don’t know it. I shouldn’t have to say this, the Navy I’m talking about isn’t the one with the people in uniform. It’s the invisible bureaucracy of the Department of Defense and the Contractors.
There’s every reason for IWVWD and SVM to join in this Class Action because we have no conflicts of interest as far as I know, but I’m not an attorney.
If there ever was a time when our nation needs leadership, it’s right here, right now. It starts at a local level, and we have to have water or we shrivel up and die.
There’s a reason for each and every one of you to be here, maybe you’ve found your purpose. You are the only people that can solve this problem because you understand what’s at stake.
I’m sure you know it’s a thankless job, it’s not glamorous to be on the water board, and you don’t get to bloviate from the da-is at the City Council, but to each and every one of you I thank you for the job your doing and I pray you don’t quit. This is a fight worth having for more reasons than we know.
I know you understand how serious your job is and I know you’re doing the right thing not only for the people in the Indian Wells Valley, but for the whole State of California. This lawsuit will break new ground at the Federal level, and it will supercede the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act with regard to our rights on issues of private property and water.
Maybe someday someone who knows that will tell you how important your efforts are and they will thank you. That will make it all worthwhile. We must win this one and dominoes will start to fall. I’ll keep you posted on Roadrunner395.com
Judging from the response I’ve received on the Public Notice of my Intention to file in Federal Court, you have the people on your side.
I ask the Indian Wells Valley Water District and Searles Valley Minerals to join with me and I promise you I won’t quit and We the People will win!
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. I pray you will join in this Class Action and I Thank you.
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