To the Editor: ‘Shame on’ Mojave Pistachios, defends water importation

I used to attend all Indian Wells Valley Water District Committee, and Monthly Board Meetings, on a regular basis. I was known as the guy, “that never says anything.” I would always respond to that: “I will only say something, when something needs to be said.” After seeing the full-page Mojave Pistachios advertisement with all of the colorful pictures and within the text of the full-page advertisement the blatantly incorrect insinuations concerning the Groundwater Authority (GA) Board Members and their stellar efforts to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan, in accordance with current California State Law, the time has come for me to “Say Something.” Mojave Pistachios failed to mention in their full-page advertisement the Critical Overdraft that the Indian Wells Valley has been experiencing for over 50 years.

If Mojave Pistachios claims that, “they didn’t know about the critical overdraft,” “Shame-on-Them.” If the real Estate agents and brokers that sold the land a few years ago failed to mention the critical overdraft, “Shame-on-Them.” The data and knowledge of our situation has been readily available for many decades. The well driller that drilled our domestic well in 1978, the late Aaron Kirschenman, told me in 1978, “the depth to water in my area was declining at the rate of a foot and a half a year” will confirm that information was correct. We were forced to deepen our well several years ago.

Unfortunately, there are only two options to resolve our water crisis here in the Indian Wells Valley. Decrease pumping or import water. There are NO others options. Further, our overdraft is so significant, (we are currently pumping four times more water than is being naturally recharged), it is necessary for Indian Wells Valley GA to apply BOTH options. Yes, I fully agree, that importing water to the Indian Wells Valley is an extremely expensive project. A project that we don’t even know what the final cost might be. Twenty or thirty years ago the solutions to our water crisis could have been easier to accomplish. The longer we wait the more expensive the solutions become. Think about it!

Lyle Fisher

Story First Published: 2020-10-23