We were also very pleased when the Modesto Bee published our editorial opinion, Come Hell or Low Water, on groundwater last week.
Restoration of Hetch Hetchy, after all, depends on meeting the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River. Doing so will be much easier if incentives for using both groundwater and surface water are appropriately applied. Some may not find groundwater reform as sexy as restoration, but it's an important and interesting issue.
Flood irrigation applied to almond trees in Modesto. Combined, the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts use four times as much Tuolumne River water as San Francisco and its Bay Area customers.
Photo: Modesto Bee