I think about the California Aqueduct as a common link that binds Californians together, but I also think of it as a ‘Great Divide’ at a personal level. I grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley south of Sacramento, and much of my family still lives within a few miles of where we grew up. The topic of discussion at the dinner table about the California Aqueduct usually ends in a heated debate about the question of why “we” should be sending “our water” to the Southern California desert (in reality the majority of Southern California qualifies as a Mediterranean climate region).
I don’t get deeply into the politics or even the complicated historic state water policies because it doesn’t help enhance my family relationship. The only thing I always point out is that we, the United States, rely on our Central Valley as a major food source. And if we don’t come together as a state, it will have major impact nationally, as well as globally on the economy.
It’s going to be a fun Thankgiving this year around the dinner table.