With the state announcing there will be zero water deliveries from the State Water Project for agriculture due to the drought, Ive noticed some rather shocking attitudes from our fellow Californians in the Bay Area. Comments from a reader of the San Francisco Chronicle included saying the Central Valley is an arid semi-desert and that growing crops here should be given up entirely. These fellow Californians seem to have no concept of where most of the healthy food they treasure, such as almond milk or fresh tomatoes, comes from.
It is time for the Bay Area and Los Angeles to stop taking the water from our rivers and creeks for their palm trees and gardens. Hetch Hetchys watershed should be granted to the people who live along the Merced and Stanislaus rivers for responsible and sustainable use. That way, the salmon can spawn and the tomatoes can grow. Major cities on the coast can build desalinization plants.