State Really Doesn't Want New Dams!
It's no surprise to us that the State of California doesn't really want to build any dams, but it might still be to some.
Sep 10, 2015
"While many analysts presumed that huge new infrastructure projects would have to be undertaken to respond effectively to the drought,
It's no surprise to us that the State of California doesn't really want to build any dams, but it might still be to some. We noted that before the election the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) reassured their supporters that there wasn't any money for dams in California's Prop 1, titled incidentally, Funding for Water Quality, Supply, Treatment and Storage Projects. The Proposition passed because it was sold on the basis of increasing storage.
Shortly after the election it was announced that there would need to be two more years of study before any storage decisions could be made. Then there was the announcement by both the state and the feds that raising Shasta Dam would violate the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation of the McCloud River.
Now the state has determined that we were able to save 414,000 acre feet of water through conservation and “there are so many soft paths that we can take that might have a lot less environmental impact and be a lot less expensive, and still meet our future demand. This is probably a smarter tack than building more infrastructure, and moving more water around long distances.”
We will say it again. They really don't want to build any new dams or raise old ones.
CA may save enough to skip big water works
Demonstrating the simple power of reducing daily water usage, Californians have impressed regulators and policymakers by taking a huge bite out of statewide consumption. “The numbers reflect broad conservation success at a crucial time,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “Last year, Californians used more water in July than any other month, mostly because of lawn watering in the summer heat. This year’s urban conservation efforts resulted in a savings of more than 74 billion gallons in July compared with 2013, more than double the amount of water that the entire city of Sacramento will use in a year.”
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