Letters to the Editor

Problem is real; so are solutions

New Melones proves this is severe

I recently returned from a family camping spot at New Melones Lake, which we have visited in the past and is one of our area’s largest water reserves. I was speechless when I saw the water level of this once majestic lake. I have heard much about the current drought, but have not felt affected by it at a personal level. When I turn on a faucet in my house, water comes out as normal.

The saying “seeing is believing” is accurate; this situation made me realize how much water we are lacking. Many people are blind to the fact there is a limited amount of water, and without that there will be many problems – not only in Stanislaus County, or even the United States, but across the world.

There are many ways to better use our water; society just needs to become more aware of what they’re doing.

By taking shorter showers, conserving excess water while washing dishes, and limiting the amount of water wasted on unnecessary luxuries, we can survive this drought.

Stephanie Garcia, Ceres

Green courses instead of orchards?

Regarding “Water Crisis: Drought to cost farming economy $2.2 billion” (Page A1, July 16), which noted the drought will put 17,000 people out of work: The column next to the article said the state’s “$500-a-day water waste fine OK’d.”

That’s OK with me. On the other hand, has anyone taken the time to count the number of lush, green, well-watered golf courses there are throughout California?

Sad to read that a farmer has to let his older almond trees die for lack of water in order to keep his younger almond trees watered and producing a crop. While farmers struggle to water their crops, our recreational golfers have lush, green fairways to putter away on.

Something to think about, folks. Or, for that matter, question it.

Paula Tice, Turlock

Follow Australia’s idea, not the train

A June 28 article from the Los Angeles Times notes that California has been saving water for 30 years. California is a dry state. Australia is a dry country, yet they used technology to get one-third of the water they need by building desalination plants that are environmentally friendly. Treated ocean water is moved to cities through underground pipes. Why are our taxes being used for a train that has already been called obsolete? Ken Weinberg, director of water resources for San Diego County, said no region of the state has met its goal (20 percent) to save water, even though we are down in our use.

Bonnie Glover, Turlock