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Vineyards should cut water use too

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I applaud and agree with David Bolling’s editorial, “More fire under our butts,” on Friday, July 18.

I really hope the state’s Water Resources Control Board does something more worthwhile in the very near future about curbing water usage in this state than the currentpathetically minimal limitations they are proposing.

Here’s what perplexes me. Why is no one talking about the amount of water that the vineyards use? Also, why hasn’t there been a moratorium on expanding existing vineyards or putting in new ones?

It seems insane to me, when the forecast for next winter is continued drought, no snow, etc. I understand that the wine industry is the economic foundation of Sonoma and Napa counties, but this is the most serious drought in recorded state history, and food and water are necessary to sustain life. And, although some may disagree, wine is not.


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