Conserve, conserve, conserve, that's all we've heard over the years. Were they right? Obviously and absolutely not!
Sep 08, 2014
Maria Rodriguez and others in the Fresno Bee story below ask the question, "How could leaders not anticipate the Third World-like calamity unfolding in the San Joaquin Valley?"
We agree. How could they not see it coming? The Valley ag community has been telling political decision makers for decades that we need more water storage, but they've said we could conserve our way out of the water problem. Conserve, conserve, conserve, that's all we've heard over the years. Were they right? Obviously and absolutely not.
Now, their solution is to regulate groundwater, because they've forced farmers to pump it after taking all the other water away. Instead of investing a billion or so a year in desalination or new dams or increasing the height of existing dams, or whatever we can do to increase the supply, they've kicked the can down the road until we got where we are now, in crisis. It is time our leaders quit listening to the folks who say not to build a bigger pie, just slice smaller pieces on the pie that has obviously been too small for years, and then admit what Maria and the rest of us have known for years.
So, we're wth Maria. How could they let this happen? How could they not see? And what's their solution? They still don't have a comprehensive plan for water, instead deciding to spread the pain around equally by limiting how much we can all use. Forced conservation won't solve the problem and will lead to a shrinking economy in California.
There is no reason we shouldn't all have enough water. This crisis is all man-made. They were wrong with their conserve message and we were right with our message of creating more storage and supply. And they still don't get it.
What's really sad is that it looks like they've convinced most of the people in the state that the real problem isn't the politics of water, but their next door neighbor.
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