Dr. Tully C Knoles 11 Feb 1954
Canals, Not Rainfall, Seen Solution to Water Problems , 4 i, WASCO—The water problem in California Is the result of both increased population and the changing rainfall trend, Dr. Tully C. Knoles, chancellor of the College of the Pacific, said Monday night as he addressed the installation banquet of the Wasco Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. By checking "San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Redding and Eureka rainfall tables. during the past £0 years, he said, flood protection, storage for irrigation and produces power. UMted Jok It should be the united job of federal, state, irrigation districts, power companies and individuals to work out the water problem in California, Knoles contended. Dr. Knoles traced California's history from the 1700's, through CHAMBER EVENT—Speaker at the annual installation banquet of the Wasco Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Monday night was (seated) Dr. Tully C. Knoles, chancellor of the College of the Pacific. Standing is Mrs. Reta O. Fry, secretary-manager of the Wasco Chamber, who acted as mistress-of-ceremonies. Assemblyman H. W. (Pat) Kelly of Shaffer, is in the middle. Dr. Knoles spoke on "California's Emerging Problems." More than 350 chamberites and their guests partook of the roast beef dinner and listened to the program. It is evident that rainfall is gradually moving: towards the north and there is no Indication there will be any change in this trend. Nat From Skies Everything that grows must have moisture, he continued. It does not and will not come from California skies. Two-thirds of the irrigable land in the state is south of Stockton, but twice as much vain falls north of Stockton, he said. "It is the problem of persons skilled in conservation, engineering and even politics," he asserted, "to take care of the bounties of nature and transport thero to where they are needed." Unless the water available in the northern part of the state is brought down into the San Joaquin -Valley and, if possible, through the Tehachapi Mountains into Southern California, this land will be turned to desert, he warned. He recommended the multiple purpose dam, which serves as the Indian and Mission era, the Mexican occupation, the coming of the white man during the gold rush of 1849 to the present rush of migrants. "Since 1849, the increase in California's population has been almost steady, contrary to the feeling of many that we have had waves of population," he said. "We also get the impression that the Mexican and Mission eras of California were long periods. Actually, the first Mission was founded in San Diego in 1769. The Mexicans took over in 1821. This means the Indians were predominant in California for a period of 52 years. "The Mexicans were in control only 25 years or until 1846. We all have visions of a long period of time of Mexican development. "The Mexicans really gave California its heritage of animal husbandry. There were thousands upon thousands of cattle but very few people in California during the Mexican occupation." One can be a pessimist or an optimist about the future of California, the speaker said. The pessimist will feel the emigrants are coming to California to better themselves at our expense— have to be cared for while they are establishing themselves." The optimist will view the influx in tie light of increased production and development of new land and industries, new schools, highways, churches. Natural History Class Considered . TAFT—Taft Evening School may soon offer a course in natural history. The course will begin on the week of Feb. 15 ii enough interest is manifested to warrant it. r The course will be taught by Arnold Small. It will InclnSe a study of the plants, birds,, and mammals of California, marine biology, fresh water biology and numerous other aspects of the natural world. Lectures will be supplemented by field trips, demonstrations, slides, filmstrips and motion pictures. Those interested should contact the evening school office at Taft Union High School.