Good Op Ed in the SF Chronicle today by C-WIN’s Carolee Krieger making the link between the almond growing craze and the Monterey Plus Amendments, which eliminated the urban preference in times of drought and turned the Kern Water Bank over to the Resnicks.
She writes: “We need equitable policies that accommodate ratepayers, the environment and sustainable agriculture. It must be noted that industrial almond production is not sustainable in the arid San Joaquin Valley.
“We, the public, can reclaim our water, but we must break the unholy alliance between Sacramento and the San Joaquin agribusiness cabal. It may be 2014, but our water policies remain rooted in the 19th century. It is high time we brought them up to date.”
Read the entire article here: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Why-almonds-cover-California-5655309.php