By John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Special to the Desert Sun
After snowmelt cascades out of the mountains in the northern part of
California, it enters the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where part of the
water is then redirected to 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland
across the state.
The Coachella Valley lies nearly 500 miles south
of the Delta, yet it is this water supply that is relied upon to replenish the
region’s natural underground water storage, or aquifer. As mentioned in a
recent editorial (“Our Voice: Valley aquifer disaster is under our feet”) that
Delta water is “traded” for ...