Re "Water War Breaking Out Again" (Dan Walters, Jan. 2): California's water future likely will be a hot topic in the Capitol in 2013, as Dan Walters states. But we hope Walters' prediction that the perennial water war is breaking out again is off base.
In 2009, we crafted legislation to manage the state's water system to meet the coequal goals of ecosystem restoration and reliable water supply. That legislation is now the foundation for moving forward cooperatively to implement solutions to our statewide water problems. We must. Water is the cornerstone of our state's economy and is essential to our well-being and future prosperity. Yes, the water bond eyed for 2014 likely needs modification. But no one should question the merits of public investment in water projects that bring huge public benefits and keep our state moving forward. We cannot waste time battling. We knew that in 2009. We know it now.
-- Timothy Quinn, Association of California Water Agencies executive director, Sacramento