More ways to deal with the drought

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Living through dry times,” Ed­i­to­rial, April 3

Here are a few sug­ges­tions that Gov. Jerry Brown could im­ple­ment to re­duce wa­ter us­age while main­tain­ing his pop­u­lar­ity:

Stop all frack­ing with wa­ter.

Stop the com­mer­cial bot­tling of wa­ter in Cal­i­for­nia.

Re­place grass with ar­ti­fi­cial turf (wa­ter dis­tricts will help pay for this).

Re­move thirsty non­na­tive veg­e­ta­tion and re­place it with drought-re­sis­tant, na­tive plants.

Make all golf cour­ses into links-style fa­cil­i­ties to re­duce wa­ter us­age. Let the desert cour­ses go back to be­ing deserts.

Con­vince the farm­ers to grow crops that use less wa­ter.

Un­less he con­sid­ers all th­ese op­tions, Brown might as well be just as re­tired as I am.

Heiko Peschel

Lake For­est

We keep hear­ing about the drought in Cal­i­for­nia, but few news sources ac­tu­ally men­tion a cause of a pos­si­ble decades-long drought. As lev­els of car­bon diox­ide in­crease in our at­mos­phere, the trop­i­cal Hadley Cells shift, pre­vent­ing rain­storms from com­ing to Cal­i­for­nia.

Wa­ter ra­tioning is a good idea, but why not ad­dress the prob­lem at its source and strengthen reg­u­la­tion of green­house gas emis­sions? We can even start with small steps here in L.A. by, for ex­am­ple, en­forc­ing the ban on dirty, gas-pow­ered leaf blow­ers. On a larger scale, we need to price car­bon.

Let us not stand by while one of the most beau­ti­ful and agri­cul­tur­ally pro­duc­tive states goes to ruin.

Gabriela Sosa

Los An­ge­les

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There is an in­her­ent dis­in­cen­tive to con­serve when do­ing so low­ers the num­ber used to com­pute a fu­ture sav­ings goal that might re­quire a cer­tain per­cent­age in re­duc­tion. We need a more ob­jec­tive way to de­ter­mine wa­ter rates and sav­ings goals.

An across-the-board re­duc­tion of 25% is un­re­al­is­tic and un­fair to those of us who have al­ready been do­ing our part to con­serve.

David Wo­gahn

Carlsbad, Calif.

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