The commentary “When feds dilly-dally on water, ag economy suffers,” complains about the uneven supply of water to the rich Westlands Water District.
The owners of the giant agribusinesses on the west side grow about $1 billion worth of crops each year. One of their biggest crops is almonds. It takes about one gallon of water to grow one almond. Seventy percent of the almond crop is exported overseas.
Unfortunately, profits are concentrated in a few land owners and do not trickle down to the surrounding countryside, which is one of the poorest in the nation.
Donald Tayloe, Fresno