Prada's Vendetta Against Small Farmers
The July 2 edition of the Mountain Democrat had an extensive article by Dawn Hodson that reviewed point-by-point Director Prada statements about small farmers’ water use. His statements were then explained/added to/corrected by EID staff. The article clearly shows that Prada has made partial truths or misleading statements about this subject. As a public official, the goal should be to state facts and then set guidelines or policy on facts, not to misrepresent facts to justify a position.
He additionally stated that small farmers have not saved water. Given his other statements, this is not believable either. I am a small farmer and my latest bill showed a 27.5 percent decrease in water use. I would bet that many other small farmers could show water use reductions also. So where did Prada get his numbers?
There are now more small farmers than three years ago. Using an aggregate water use could show more water use even if every small farmer used less water this year. His letter to the editor on July 7 did just that and he implies small farmers individually use more water.
I concede that Prada is probably correct that there is some abuse of the small farm category. So come up with policies that address these abuses, not penalize all small farmers.