In "Water users alarmed by salmon report" (Oct. 4, Page A-1): The responses from stakeholders were predictable and disheartening.
Nobody mentioned the obvious: the supply of water does not and will not meet the demands placed on it. What to do? Is it possible that everybody concerned would be capable of using and doing the "s" word? Is it possible to resurrect the "c" word? I think it is imperative that we all make some sacrifices and practice conservation.
In Sydney, Australia, for example, homeowners cannot use sprinkler systems; they must water their yards by hand. Can't Americans institute similar measures? Since when are lush lawns and golf courses a birthright? My grandparents were North Dakota farmers and depended on rainfall for their wheat crop. Can't California farmers all use drip irrigation for crops and at the same time forego or reduce growing crops that use immense amounts of water? Restrictions on fishing are already in place. Ongoing restrictions should be expected.
We all share a common goal. To achieve that goal, good-hearted people must make reasonable offers to other good-hearted people. Reasonable compromises can be reached. Are we willing to accept the usual finger-pointing and self-righteousness? I hope not. California deserves our best efforts.
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