The debate over water for farming or wildlife has been ongoing for years, with excellent issues on both sides.
Local farmers are excellent stewards of the farmland, and our valley land is worth protecting. Human needs must come first, which means farmers must be allowed adequate water to provide food and fiber as needed by our growing population. As we seem to be into a drier weather pattern, water is more important than ever.
If farmers could be encouraged, through financial assistance or tax relief by local and state governments to conserve by switching from flood irrigation to drip and micro-sprinkler, this would make a substantial water savings.
Salmon restoration is a major issue, but where do these beautiful fish go? A few return to spawn, but if you visit with federal fish and game officials off the coast of Alaska, I think they will admit that a substantial number of fish are swept into the large nets of Japanese cannery ships.
We fuss over saving the salmon and the Japanese large fleets take everything that swims in the north Pacific. We cannot control how other countries fish, but we should not sacrifice our local growers' water needs for foreign fish demands.
TED D. THORN