Editorial: Feinstein drought response distressing

The test of any water policy is not if it works in the wet times but if it protects widely shared public values in the dry times.

So it is distressing to see Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., determined to toss out water management policies and protections, worked out over 20 years to balance the water needs of California cities, farms and the environment, in order to serve some interests at the expense of others.

The changes the senator proposes apply 20th century water management thinking that hasn’t worked instead of incorporating 21st century technologies we know to work – conservation, improved water-use efficiency, water recycling, storm water recapture and more comprehensive groundwater monitoring and pumping restrictions.

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