California's water crisis is more than just our inability to meet all of our needs all of the time. It is also a crisis of a lack of understanding the fundamentals of our water supply system.
"New water projects, yes; crisis, no" (Oct. 27, Letters) accuses Bee Associate Editor Mike Dunbar of errors of omission and commission when the letter writer does the same thing. California has not built a major water project in more than 30 years, which was Dunbar's point.
Second, California agriculture uses just 41 percent of the state's usable water supply. Urban use is 11 percent and dedicated environmental use is a whopping 48 percent, up 2 percent since 1998. Theses facts are published by the Department of Water Resources in the California Water Plan, Bulletin 160-05.
And last, crops like cotton, alfalfa, rice and pasture play important roles in California's diverse agriculture industry. Everyone can't grow almonds or grapes, and alfalfa is the No. 1 protein source for California dairies.