We need long-term answers for drought

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - 11:10 am

Re “State of emergency declared in drought” (Page A1, Jan. 18): Drought conditions in California are not a new issue. Long-term solutions have not been adequately addressed, and the Delta tunnels proposal is another short-term, albeit expensive, solution. Look at Israel, where conservation, agricultural technology and desalinization all contribute to sustainable water supplies. The Auburn Dam and desalinization are but two possible long-term solutions to the naturally reoccurring drought and flood cycles in California. We need to drop the Delta tunnels and high-speed rail, so we can focus on serving all of California with long-term water solutions.

-- Pat Whittington, Fair Oaks

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