Families Protecting the Valley is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about water issues. And it looks like they need a lot of informing if the below poll results are anywhere near accurate.
78% of all Californians don’t know what the Delta is. 86% of Southern Californians do not know about the Delta. Some of the verbatim comments from those participating in the poll would be comical if not so absurd.
When asked what they knew about the Delta, here are some comments: “If it is the bill about weapons control…Every person in the world should have the right to keep and bear arms.” “He is not a candidate of my concern.” “It is the oil line from Canada to the United States.”
We always knew that most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their water. They know there’s a water problem in California, but don’t really think about where their water comes from as long as it flows out of the faucet when they turn it on. We always knew people weren’t experts about water. But, we didn’t think we had this much work to do to get people educated. We’ve got a long way to go.
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