The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta is a not-for-profit organization comprised of water users who depend on the Delta for conveyance of a large portion of their water supplies and individuals who utilize the Delta for aesthetic and recreational enjoyment.
Fish, wildlife account for most water usage
Time and time again, activists continue to exaggerate the amount of water used by agriculture in California and blame the industry for excessive use during the drought. It's truly unfortunate when the media simply regurgitates those misleading characterizations of water use, as this newspaper (Editorial, Feb. 25) did last week.
The truth is that 50 percent of California's total water availability is devoted to the environment. Fish and aquatic wildlife use half of the state's water, according to the Public Policy Institute of California, and this fact cannot be ignored.
Agriculture does account for the largest human use of water, relying on approximately 40 percent of the state's water supply to grow food and fiber in America's food basket. Growing the crops that feed a continually expanding world population is certainly among the most important human uses of water. Urban water use accounts for the remaining 10 percent of the state's water usage.
Activists seeking to demonize agriculture have repeatedly misrepresented farm water use while conveniently ignoring water use for the environment.
Coalition for a Sustainable Delta
Central Valley farmers, who suck up 80 percent of the water used in California, have proved that they have an unquenchable thirst for additional water to irrigate their crops. They've already sucked dry their own aquifers and irresponsibly planted thousands of acres of almond orchards without sufficient guarantees that water would be available during California's inevitable drought years.