We pay to make a few growers rich
We are a major exporter of almonds, which require large amounts of water. California has weak laws on groundwater. As a result, the almond industry has exploited our groundwater by pumping at an industrial scale. Did they get a raise in rates? No. We have subsidized much of the cost and the results are reflected in Modesto Irrigation District and city of Modesto utility bills. The scarcity of water due to climate change has been increased by overuse by a very few at the expense of everyone who lives in Stanislaus County. If you are against our water being sold elsewhere, realize the export of almonds from California amounts to the same thing. Selling almonds for export amounts to selling our water. Editor’s note: Almonds grown within Modesto Irrigation District use mostly surface water from the Tuolumne River. Since the construction of the water treatment facility, pumping has diminished and the water table beneath Modesto has risen – even during the drought years.