Fight­ing the drought

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Brown gets tough on wa­ter,” April 2

The Cal­i­for­nia drought is not sim­ply the state’s prob­lem. It’s a na­tional prob­lem and most likely an in­ter­na­tional prob­lem, as Cal­i­for­nia is one of the most im­por­tant food-pro­duc­ing re­gions in the world.

Rather than point­ing fin­gers at farm­ers, pool own­ers or yard wa­ter­ers, we need to think out­side the box (way out­side) for so­lu­tions. The wa­ter is still here, on planet Earth; it’s just be­ing re­dis­tributed.

I keep read­ing about the Keystone pipe­line, the bul­let train, even the fu­tur­is­tic hyper­loop — all con­tro­ver­sial, ex­pen­sive projects. I keep wait­ing for some­one (are you lis­ten­ing, Elon Musk?) to pro­pose a vi­able method for bring­ing wa­ter from a place that has an over­abun­dance to our state.

The Cal­i­for­nia Pipe­line — now, that’s a project I could get be­hind.

Ralph Coo­ley

Los An­ge­les

In­stead of an across­the-board per­cent­age in re­duc­tion, which ef­fec­tively re­wards peo­ple who have used more than their fair share, each res­i­dent of Cal­i­for­nia should be al­lo­cated a spe­cific num­ber of gal­lons per day.

In ad­di­tion, farm­ers should not send huge sprays of wa­ter up in the air dur­ing the mid­dle of the hottest part of the day. When I drive up In­ter­state 5 through the Cen­tral Val­ley, I see ridicu­lous amounts of wa­ter be­ing wasted.

Yes, let’s all be cau­tious and aware in our use of wa­ter, but let’s not force those who have been fru­gal with this pre­cious re­source to be fur­ther pun­ished.

Elaine Herold

Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes

Why wait any longer? Manda­tory wa­ter cuts should be even deeper than Gov. Jerry Brown’s 25% re­duc­tion.

There is no in­di­ca­tion that global warm­ing and drought in the west­ern states will be re­vers­ing.

Wa­ter­ing park­way strips or city-owned prop­erty should be outlawed. Cities should take back own­er­ship of that land and begin demon­strat­ing the benefits of mulch on th­ese ar­eas. Ex­tra mulch on park­ways will ben­e­fit our trees.

All mulch should be used as na­ture in­tended, to re­tain the wa­ter in the soil.

Therese Brum­mel


When do we start look­ing far­ther down the road on this drought? With global warm­ing a fact of life, Cal­i­for­nia’s wa­ter plight is not likely to go away.

Is it not rea­son­able and pru­dent to start con­sid­er­ing de­sali­na­tion se­ri­ously?

David B. Housh


Brown wants to cut Cal­i­for­nia’s wa­ter us­age 25%. One way al­most every­body can cut wa­ter us­age in their home is by bet­ter man­age­ment of toi­let wa­ter.

At my cottage near Lake Michi­gan, where there is still am­ple wa­ter, we of­ten con­serve well wa­ter by us­ing this re­minder: If it’s yel­low, let it mel­low; if it’s brown, flush it down.

Ernest Ryan

Tem­per­ance, Mich.

Brown’s wa­ter re­stric­tions might have more cred­i­bil­ity if at the same time he called for a halt to all build­ing per­mits for the state.

Or does he not be­lieve that new build­ings, apart­ments and houses will use any wa­ter?

Linda Forsythe

West Hills

Max Whittaker Getty Images

GOV. JERRY BROWN and a state snow sur­veyor at a usu­ally snowy Sierra Ne­vada site this week.

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