A controversial deal to transfer groundwater from Merced County north to farmers in Stanislaus County has people talking about groundwater regulation in the state. California, unlike other states, doesn’t have rules governing the use of groundwater, but in the current drought the issue is gaining prominence. Last week’s Conversation asked: Should groundwater be regulated by local agencies or by the state? Or, should groundwater remain unregulated?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Groundwater is communal property
How can anyone logically argue that the water beneath their land is theirs to use without any consideration of others. Since groundwater knows no boundaries, it is communal property. Unfortunately, we cannot trust that our neighbors will pump that water responsibly. Therefore, some sort of regulation is absolutely necessary.
– William Draper, Gold River
Examine groundwater facts first
Re “Proposed water sale is appalling” (Forum, Mariel Garza, May 25): Misinformed articles like this will only create confusion and a bigger mess than we are already in when it comes to the use and distribution of water.
How is it that the Bureau of Reclamation is involved with this transfer when they have no regulatory authority over groundwater? If one were to properly examine the facts, you might find that this transfer is a really good thing to do because it would save hundreds of acres of orchards from dying. Or perhaps the facts might persuade one to see that this transfer is not a very good idea after all.
– Dan Spangler, Orangevale