Pondering, your facts are impressive (not to mention accurate.) Imported or exported (I couldn’t think of a better word, sorry,) water from the mountains or the aquifer for crops that can’t grow without (what I’ll call water assistance) is water not available to sustain the human population. Where it comes from, and where it goes are both major factors.

Ag is a big water user, possibly the biggest. And, unlike most uses of the phrase, water use in California (as elsewhere) is a zero-sum game. In order to have winners, there have to be losers.

Thanks very much for your post.

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