For those out there who have been hearing all about the water issues, let me give you my side. It seems as though the water lobby is telling everyone that the peripheral canal is bad for California. Don’t believe it!
Northern California farmers want you to believe that if we send water down south we will destroy the Delta. Don’t believe it!
Large special-interest farmers don’t want competition from South San Joaquin Valley farmers, because the farmers in South San Joaquin Valley can outgrow any farm area in California.
Most farmers in the south have been turning on the pumps and drilling for new wells because the water barons have cut the allocation down to 10 percent of normal use. The wells are pumping salt from their aquifers and causing the loss of thousands of jobs for California farm workers.
The use of water is all of California’s business.
These are real problems for California consumers that may put us into a depression worse than we already have. Those thousands of farm workers who cried “Turn on the pumps” are crying for help.
If we allow the farm workers down by not having jobs now, we may lose them in the future.
Just this week in an article in the Stockton Record, it stated that the agriculture in the north is hitting record sales for 2009. Most understand why sales are high, but we must not risk leaving fields fallow in the south, because if we continue the water-hoarding, along with the low rainfall, we will really hurt the economy worse than it is.
Let’s stand up and start to take responsibility for our actions. Each of us needs to get involved. The water issue has been a problem for years.
Back in 1975, we had a two-year drought that was caused by low rainfall and no snowpack to back up storage for the state. Many farmers were hurt by the drought, but prices did not increase.
The losses were overwhelming for most of us. For many, it took 10 years to pay off most bills such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co., seed costs and water bills, which became a lien on the property we farmed.
It is happening again, so let’s adjust our spending, because it will get worse. “Be prepared” was an old Boy Scout motto — so let’s get ready.