As someone who has written about California water issues for 40 years I  found Leslie Stahl’s report on California water remarkably naive. She  doesn’t have a clue what is going on out here. First of all, she started by  misquoting Mark Twain. The quote is not “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting” as she said. It is “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.”

A small point but telling.

Not once did she mention the selenium-tainted soils of the Westlands Water  District. Drainage water from the Westlands fields contains selenium, which  got into the food chain at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge 25 years  ago and killed thousands of birds and triggered deformities in bird embryos.
Thanks, in part, to an excellent report by 60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley on March  9, 1985, the poisoned evaporation ponds at Kesterson were closed. Sadly, this latest 60 Minutes report on Westlands is far off the mark…

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