Which is kind of ludicrous if you think about it. The trees in Sierra Madre are dying because they are not getting enough water. And why are they not getting enough water? It could be in part because should residents water their trees, they would fall subject to the rather draconian water fines the City of Sierra Madre currently imposes upon its residents.
Here is the Mountain Views News article where this astonishing news was first broken to its dozens of readers. Or at least that is what the paper's City Editor, Dean Lee, is telling us.
According to the article, Patzert said that the city would most likely continue with water restrictions in the years to come - if not forever. Why? Is he able to predict the future? Before you cut down your trees, do remember that this is the guy who predicted, and with great certainty I might add, the "Godzilla El Nino."
Which, as you may recall, did not happen. Apparently Bill is not exactly a foolproof soothsayer.
Governor Brown has declared that the drought is over, so why are the residents of Sierra Madre and its trees being deprived of water? Patzert blames the San Gabriel Valley Metropolitan Water District for this, even though the other municipal customers of the SGVMWD have now rescinded their water restrictions and fines.
If you click here you will be taken to the Arbor Day Foundation webpage where Sierra Madre is listed amongst those so honored as a Tree City USA. You can only wonder how long Sierra Madre, the home of too many trees, will be allowed to remain on this list.