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Lost to the Sea

You can see almost 49,000,000 acre feet of water have flowed into the Delta and 45,000,000 have gone through and out to sea.

Jun 19, 2017

There's still a lot of snow that will melt and come down our rivers and through our reservoirs. There is so much we have no place to put it (It’s June. California Is Still Covered in Snow). This has been the basic argument in favor of new storage. If we cold save some of this snow melt for the dry years, the droughts would be less severe.

The chart below shows how much water has flowed into and out of the Delta from October 1st of last year through last Sunday. You can see almost 49,000,000 acre feet of water have flowed into the Delta and 45,000,000 have gone through and out to sea. Remember, an acre foot is enough water (326,000 gallons) for a family of 4 for an entire year. 45,000,000 acre feet is enough water for 45,000,000 families, or 180,000,000 million people.

There is now way to capture all of it. No one is proposing that. We only want a few more acre feet. The proposed Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley would hold about 2 million acre feet. Temperance Flat above Millerton Lake would hold more than a million acre feet. If we had these facilities 42 million acre feet would have gone to the ocean instead of 45,000,000. Is there anyone who can prove that the Delta would be noticeably worse off because of it?

And remember, there's a lot more that will be lost as the snow pack melts this summer as the weather heats up!!

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