From the Stockton Record…
First off, Mr. Wade, you do your constituents a disservice with your views that paint farmers in an unflattering way. In fact, I find them offensive.
My family farmed the Central Valley for 4 generations. Working the orchards, I learned much of what I know now about stewardship of the land, conservation of resources and respect for wildlife. Farmers have a better appreciation for these things than most and I’m quite certain your views aren’t shared by many.
Don’t make this a fish vs. farms issue — it’s not. Farms need water and so do fish. It’s a matter of setting shortsightedness and greed aside and finding a balance that suits everyone.
Secondly, you are way off the mark about anglers. Anglers (and hunters) are some of the greatest and most dedicated conservationists in the nation…and it goes way beyond wanting more fish to catch.
Organizations like those you mentioned fight for better water quality, cleaner rivers and habitat restoration — which benefit everyone…not just fishermen.
It’s a long-term objective that will affect future generations, not just an instant gratification type of deal as you suggest.