Letters to the Editor

Drought isn’t just about LA

The drought in California is serious and can affect all of us. All we hear is how Los Angeles is suffering with people’s lawns turning brown and lack of water for their swimming pools. But the LA area is only a part of California; the real California is north of the Tehachapi Mountains.

The real California is where the food is grown, seafood caught and timber harvested. The concerns are providing sufficient water to produce the multitude of fruits and vegetables in the fertile valleys and to flood fields where much of our rice comes from.

The drought is a serious economic issue for farmers, farm workers and support businesses. Less water means less water going through the bay and out the Golden Gate, which also affects fishing and coastal life. When there is no water, food becomes scarce, prices increase and jobs decrease.

Without snow packs in the mountains, wildlife suffers, wild fires flare, leaving bare ground subject to erosion. This also impacts hunting, fishing and camping.

Many people are not concerned. They say, “I don’t worry because I get my food and water at the supermarket.” I have heard that many times from those who live in the concrete jungles. They are clueless.

Lew Hiatt