We must protect fish, wildlife in drought

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:10 am

Re "Agribusiness excess is reason California again running dry” (Viewpoints, Jan. 26): People say "Should we help people or fish?" It seems obvious that people should take preference, but remember that extinction is forever, and that fish are food, too. To render salmon species extinct for just a few more acres of walnuts is not wise. Farmers do not seem to get that there is a limited supply of water. I see signs next to Interstate 5 saying "Dust bowl created by Congress," but where is the sign reading "Peach orchard created by Congress"? Farmers seem unaware of the fact that we have had drought conditions for many years, and that, with burgeoning populations, water demands have increased, not just for home use, but industry as well. As I understand it, the Delta tunnels project is not intended to increase the amount of water shipped to the south, but to do it in a way that is less damaging to wildlife.

-- Gabriel Lewin, Davis

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