California has a limited water supply. The population has already outgrown that supply. We rely on an unsustainable annual overdraft of 2 million acre-feet of ground water. The potential for measures to increase the basic water supply is far less than the population's growing need.
In a few years we will have another 10 million Californians needing water and food. Plant science dictates that an additional 7 million acre-feet of water must be consumed by food crops just to provide food for those people, an amount equal to about 1½ times the capacity of the Shasta reservoir. The worldwide water and food supply is already overcommitted.
This impending crisis is obscured by the dispersal of nonsense. Academics allege that farmers should be able to grow this additional food with less water than they use now. The official state water plan attempts, by "extrapolating current trends," to mislead us to believe we will not have a crisis.
California's new governor will be faced with the question of how California meets its water needs without disadvantaging one segment in favor of another. Voters need to hear how the candidates propose to address the current water crisis and prevent disaster from happening.
Never miss a local story.