Not All of the San Joaquin Valley Is the Same

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East or West SJV?

When water in agriculture is controversial [“Trading Salmon for Almonds,” September] it seems to always center on the San Joaquin Valley. I would like to challenge every writer who thinks they know something about the subject to be specific.

There is a west side and east side of the San Joaquin Valley. The west side farms are the remnants of some interesting history (read Industrial Cowboys), large farming operations which were bailed out years ago by the Delta Mendota Canal and State Water project, stabilizing ground water tables, reducing land subsidence.

The east side of much of the San Joaquin Valley was not the beneficiary of these projects and is not capable of receiving any benefits. As an example, on the east side of Merced County, all water improvements have been borne on the backs of the local users; with these, we provide fish hatcheries, recreation, and economic benefits to thousands of small farmers compared to the west side. Although we raise almonds, we also produce many specialty crops with many ethnically diverse farmers involved.

The purpose is that you be distinct when you talk about the San Joaquin Valley and water.

Bob Weimer, Atwater


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