Measure C: A closer look at Lodi's complicated and controversial groundwater issue
Charlie Starr, left, a vineyard owner in Acampo, monitors the drip-irrigation system in his vineyard on Wednesday. Starr is in favor of Measure C because he feels it is a step toward keeping local control of the region's water rights. (Jordan Guinn/News-Sentinel) Jackson Morehead, right, an Acampo farmer, uses a pot to illustrate the area's groundwater basin and how water flows to the lowest point, in his home Thursday. Morehead is opposed to Measure C because he won't receive a direct benefit and feels he could spend the money that would come from a fee on maintaining his own property. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)
Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:00 am
Winegrape growers Charlie Starr and Jackson Morehead have much
in common. Both rely on groundwater to irrigate their crops and for
personal use in their homes. Both have scenic views of the San
Joaquin Valley peeking between their manicured rows of winegrapes.
Both have family members who worked the land before them. And both
see the water level in their wells decreasing.
But there is one area in which the men strongly disagree: How
they will vote on Measure C on Tuesday.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:00 am.