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July 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Steve Knell: Bee’s story lacked context on pumping data

Half a story does not make the whole story, and that’s exactly what The Bee conveyed last Sunday (“Pumping at record levels,” Page A1). In a fair and unbiased comparison, the reporter would compare “drought years” to “drought years.” Had she done so, she would have reported that in 1976 and 1977, the Oakdale Irrigation District pumped 22,169 and 18,353 acre-feet respectively of groundwater. From January to June of this year, OID pumped about 9,000 acre-feet. The district is not setting “record pumping levels” during this drought, but actually pumping the “norm” in these hardship years.

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