by Rich Wright
How about a man made river?
According to this story from the daily rag, El Paso Water is spending $15 million to put a water feature into Paul Foster’s Campo del Sol development in the Northeast.
The project will rebuild a 50-foot-wide, 2-mile-long arroyo – stretching from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Franklin Mountains to McCombs Street, across from El Paso Water’s Painted Dunes Golf Course – to collect water from three sources and put it in the Hueco Bolson aquifer, to help recharge a major source for El Paso’s water supply.
A landscaped walking and biking path will be built along the arroyo, which will become the Enhanced Arroyo Infiltration Facility.
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“In addition to storing water, which I think is the primary purpose of this, it’s going to be a great amenity for Northeast El Paso,” El Paso Water Chief Executive Officer John Balliew said after a Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony at the McCombs end of the arroyo.
Do the engineers at EP Water know that water evaporates?
Do you imagine an open watercourse is the best way to recharge the aquifer? Because, you know, water evaporates, and the water that evaporates never makes it to the aquifer.
“There will be an accessible pathway that will be landscaped. It will look great and will have water most of the time, and (you’ll) be able to walk from McCombs to Martin Luther King,” he said. “It will be a great oasislike environment.”
The new wetlands will bring natural plants and wildlife, officials said.
“Taxes are for peasants.“
Remember, the City of El Paso traded 2,213 acres of land in Northeast El Paso for Mr. Foster’s 44 acres on the freeway. The City was going to lease that 44 acres to Great Wolf Lodge for $1,000 a year, and then let Great Wolf Resorts buy the land outright for $5,000.
Then, because the City of El Paso loves everyone but taxpayers, City Council threw TIRZ 13 around Mr. Foster’s development.
You can read about the whole corporate handout here.
Water to feed the streamlike channel will initially come from the Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Plant, located about 9 miles east of the arroyo’s McComb’s end, and from stormwater runoff. The Hervey plant turns sewage water into drinking-quality water.
Fred Hervey water already is piped to the desert area around the arroyo’s McCombs end to put some of the water in several infiltration ponds to recharge the aquifer. The arroyo will replace the ponds, Balliew said.
So it’s not like there’s any new water being introduced into the aquifer. We’re just eating the cost of lots of infrastructure so Mr. Foster’s development will get a new water feature.
But even that’s not enough.
But wait! There’s more!
Eventually, leftover Rio Grande water also will be used to feed the arroyo.
To do that, about $20 million will be needed to build a pipeline to connect the Nevins Pump Station, at Trans Mountain Road and Girl Scout Lane, to the arroyo, El Paso Water officials said. No timeline was provided for the Nevins connection.
Leftover Rio Grande water? There’s not enough Rio Grande water as it is.
Where are we going to get leftover water? And they want to pump that leftover water over Transmountain? Why don’t they just pump some water in from Dell City? Or helicopter in an iceberg?
Cry me a river.
All the taxpayers in El Paso are equal, unless they’re rich, and then they’re more equal.