Drought will force tough decisions soon

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “State of emergency declared in drought” (Page A1, Jan. 18): The declaration is an understatement of the serious situation for people, the economy and the natural resources. The drought only focuses on decades of failed water management. Damage already done to our rivers and estuarine aquatic resources is already massive. How far will we let it go? In the past, we have experienced difficult but manageable water shortages. This time we may run out of surface storage feeding many of our river systems. A literal trickle or no release at all is likely. You don’t plant in the spring if you can’t irrigate and harvest a crop. Municipal supplies for people to live and environmental supplies to prevent extinctions are essential. In many areas, irrigation of replaceable landscapes and/or crops will have to cease. Tough decisions must be made in the next few weeks before the agricultural planting season. -- Richard Morat, Sacramento

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