Re “Hammer falling on all who rely on our rivers” (Page 1D, Sept. 18): Understandably, there are strong reactions and disagreements over how to share the water that nature provides on the San Joaquin. We will continue to listen and to invite better ideas from Californians on all sides of the issue.
Having said that, I take issue with your characterization that I implied fishermen were victimized by agriculture “hoarding” water. I neither implied nor said nor feel anything of the sort and object to the characterization. I specifically made the point that this would be painful to agriculture and that Californians need healthy agricultural communities as well as a healthy environment. Under the law, our job is to balance all beneficial users of water, not favor one over the other. That includes agriculture, fisheries, recreation, municipal, and environmental needs.
The issue is not about choosing one over the other. It is about the hard work of figuring out how to share the river.
Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board