The Oakley City Council is to be commended for opposing the new version of the canal to divert more water away from our California Delta, which needs more water to run all the way through and cannot tolerate any less. The additional fish protection screens planned for the existing pumps are better than relocating the export point upstream on the Sacramento River.
We can no longer raise water-intensive crops such as rice in what was a California desert. We must be wise in the use of this shrinking resource. We homeowners may have to trade our water-intensive landscapes for native and Mediterranean plants well suited to our arid country.
We must ensure more water flows through our treasure of the Delta. Thank you, Oakley City leaders, for speaking out.
Leonard Lloyd, Oakley