Thank you, David Sneed, for your insightful article on the water crisis in North County. It is about time that this issue warranted front page coverage!
It was frustrating that “economic hardship” for the wine industry was featured and not the hardships residents face that have lived here before the first vine was planted.
The Planning Commission has avoided this ongoing problem and threat for way too long. It appears that pockets are being lined to delay water restrictions to those that use the most. What other reason can it be that this issue has been off the agenda for so very long? Now it appears to be too little, too late. Typical politics.
Please clarify what row crops and orchards actually threatened our water supply prior to vineyards? Please tell me that we are not depending on the farce the Lake Nacimiento pipeline is. It is not halfway done, and it already wasting water through recently discovered leaks. Not to mention that the lake is not bottomless and will dry up eventually unless we stop depending on it. Agriculture is not the main problem — today it seems to be viniculture.