Instead we are in the familiar, decades-old predicament of facing another dry season, water restrictions, and wondering...
Feb 21, 2018
Kristi Diener - "In one year and four months, 50,843,400 acre feet of fresh water flowed to the Pacific Ocean and became unusable saltwater. One acre foot is a year's supply of water for 10 people. To put this into perspective, about 25 million people rely on water from the Delta in California. The amount of fresh water that flowed unimpaired to the ocean is equal to 20.33 years worth of water for all 25 million. (Whoa!) Could we have stored all that water? Nope. Did we store all we could? Nope. Do we have adequate water storage facilities to take advantage of the rain and snowmelt when Mother Nature brings it like she did last year? Nope. Instead we are in the familiar, decades-old predicament of facing another dry season, water restrictions, and wondering if there will be enough for the people and the farmers and the fish. Meanwhile, California has been sitting on billions of unspent water bond funds since 2000, and will propose four more bonds for voter approval on the 2018 ballot. They also granted hundreds of millions of dollars for desalination projects to now remove the salt from the freshwater that's now in the ocean. We deserve better."
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