Mike Dunbar is to be commended for chiding our elected officials for not addressing water issues in "Water bond too important to let dry up" (Oct. 16, Page B-7). But in the process, Mike makes a major error of commission and an error of omission.
First, he says, "California hasn't built a major water project in 30 years." That ignores the fact that California has creatively generated 6 million acre-feet of usable water since 1990 with six projects -- two off-stream storage projects and four groundwater storage projects. The days of megadams are over, simply because all the economically viable sites have been used.
Second, Mike assumes that we have a water crisis, ignoring a fundamental set of facts. Eighty percent of the water consumed in California goes to agriculture; half of that 80 percent goes to growing four crops -- cotton, rice, alfalfa and pasture. Those four crops contribute a minuscule two-tenths of 1 percent to California's economy, and most of them are the beneficiaries of one or more subsidies. End the subsidies and end the alleged water crisis.
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