Re “Valley is epicenter of water level crisis” (Page A1, Feb. 20): Many of us warned of the consequences of the county continuing to issue industrial-sized well permits to farmers planting millions of almond trees or pumping due to the lack of water from the snow pack. Yet the issuance of these permits continued unabated, resulting in many local residents seeing their wells dry up and aquifers now at extremely critical levels.
Many climate scientists have warned that we could be entering the beginning of a long-term drought that could last decades. It’s as if they saw the train coming, but instead of making everyone get off the tracks they pulled all of us on. Now we may all be looking at not even having enough water for drinking, cooking, showering and the other essentials of daily life. And for what? So a few could continue using our shared water to make billions of dollars selling almonds to China and other countries.
Most probably aren’t aware that some of the newer orchard owners live far from this area and bought into the business with hedge funds. Whatever happened to the needs of the many outweighing the greed of the few? Praise that almighty dollar!
James Davis, Modesto