From Fresno Bee - Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Coalition response...The reporter does a good job in presenting the ongoing efforts of farmers and water districts voluntarily working together to solve their problems relating to water supply and subsidence. These groups have already funded research to gather vital groundwater information to be used in reaching solutions. Their goal is to protect the groundwater that is important to so many.
This effort of working together to solve a local issue is reflected in other issues, such as drainage and river restoration. Farmers and water districts in the Grasslands Drainage Project Area near Los Banos have worked with government and environmental groups to reduce the runoff of minerals into the San Joaquin River. Restoring flows and salmon to the San Joaquin River has also benefitted from voluntary efforts that provide needed information to help these ongoing efforts.
Farmers and water district officials realize that working together results in protecting a food supply that is grown on their lands. To do otherwise would threaten a food supply that is both healthy and affordable.
From Stockton Record - Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
Coalition response...There has been no disagreement that California's water supply system is broken and in serious need of repair. The result has been a reduced water supply reliability for everyone that has seen urban residents paying more for their water and farmers receiving less water to grow the food and fiber crops we rely upon.
Research and discussion has been going on for years and as we near a final recommendation, those in disagreement are surfacing new proposals. This latest proposal will result in less water for 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmlands.
According to UC Davis economist Daniel A. Sumner, about 22% of Central Valley jobs are tied to agricultural production and processing. Many of these job will be jeopardized if last-minute proposals such as this one govern the decision-making process resulting in farmers and urban residents permanently losing a portion of their once-reliable water supply.
From Desert Sun - Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013