Is the state coming to tear down the arch, or just extinguish some of its lights?
For more than 100 years, Modesto’s downtown arch has proclaimed “Water Wealth Contentment Health.” The reasons are obvious – much of what we value is derived from the water flowing through our communities. Without the water, our wealth, health and contentment could disappear. That’s no less true in Turlock, Oakdale and Ceres; or in Merced, Manteca, Ripon, Escalon and even, to some extent, San Francisco.
The State Water Resources Control Board wants to “save” the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by letting more water flow past us and into the Delta. By doing that, state officials must ignore the billions of dollars we have invested in dams, canals, hatcheries, homes and farms – investments predicated on 150 years of carefully using the water.
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