Rather than reigniting the water wars of the past, it would make better sense for the farmers of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, along with big agribusiness and the millions of Northern and Southern Californians who rely on water from the delta, to instead consider the shared benefits of the proposed tunnels and the repair of the delta. The project to build tunnels carrying freshwater from the Sacramento River to southbound aqueducts guards against the impacts of a major earthquake that would flood local farms, render the freshwater of the Delta undrinkable and further destroy the estuary.
Let's get over the old water wars and make sure that the Hatfield-McCoy feud remains the subject of history books and television drama and nothing more.
Billie C. Greer
The writer is president of the Southern California Leadership Council.
Here are a few reasons why digging twin tunnels under the delta is an enormous mistake:
- It's not necessary. There are alternative plans that have been put forward that will avoid the need to spend $14 billion to build the tunnels.