California Forum

The Conversation

Last Sunday’s Conversation examined how surface water is tightly regulated in California, but groundwater is not. We asked readers of David Mas Masumoto’s op-ed, “ A farmer’s perspective on groundwater,” should the state regulate the use of groundwater, or should it be left to landowners?

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Brookie Wookie – No, unless the government will pay to maintain these wells. I honestly don’t see the government going to individual properties and evaluating their wells. This water belongs to the property owners.

Franco Leopold – If anyone is aware of where groundwater comes from – and it’s not from a well, as some are suggesting, that’s just the access point – you will see what unregulated water pumping will do.

If we learn anything from what they have done in other states, which is the draining and contaminating of not just wells, but the largest aquifer in the country, corporations will pump as much water from the ground as possible, to either sell back to you in plastic bottles for huge profits and continue the plastic epidemic, or they will pump it into gas wells to contaminate the water indefinitely, to enrich themselves and pollute the surrounding communities for a dollar.

It’s funny to think that the government, which is funded by the people to protect the people from ruthless types, is not trusted by the public, but also known to be corruptible by these special interests that the public is fighting. … Take money out of politics and we take back our country, one small community at a time, and hopefully without any more damage.

And if this is worded strangely, whatever, I don’t want to rewrite it. It’s a lazy Sunday.

Lamont Johnson – It’s already illegal to collect rain water. Next they’ll pass a law on ground water. But we are not slaves.

David Gordon – Living in Northern Maine and having 10 inches of snow on the 1st day of spring and tons and tons of snow in the area. Heck it’s snowing now (and) has been since yesterday. Seeing greed wanting to build pipe lines for oil (and) natural gas, why not build a few pipe lines for water?

Gino Luca – It’s not a drought. The government is selling your water to China to pay its huge debt. Wake up.

Teri Johnson – Hasn’t California done enough concerning the water issues?

John Keyes – As long as the judges, and the Marxists in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., are in bed with the Natural Resources Defense Council-types, farming is in trouble.

Gary Gustafson – If you are regulating water, then you are regulating life. It just seems wrong to me.

Muriel Strand – Wisdom bids us adapt to the planet, and eat what grows naturally, rather than to keep trying to the push the river.

Wendi Tanisha Miller – Please quit regulating and leave us alone.

Kellie Cereceres – Interesting article in the Bee today. Hum.

John Legget – No, and they should not be regulating ground water as it has created this mess. Water for fish means everyone and everything else suffers.

Jim Smith – And yet, about 200 years ago, the whole Central Valley was a lush Eden, full of all sorts of life, verdant.

E.B. George – Ag pumps are larger capacity and can lower the water table for residential wells. There is only one way to fix this: regulate the breeding of humans, or face dehydration and starvation.

Zack Smith – To our elected officials: California has had less than average rainfall and being in a drought for the past three years, and has had a drought in every decade since the 1970s. Why was none of this done in the past three years and instead was put off until an election year?