Jun 08, 2019
Missed opportunities to capture and boost California’s water supply
Precipitation in California is highly variable, which can lead to extreme drought and forced conservation, or extreme precipitation and flooding. Unfortunately, there is not adequate water storage capacity to buffer both extremes. Boosting capacity and improving conveyance have so many benefits, including more reliable drinking and irrigation supplies; improved flood protection; carbon-free hyower generation; timelier, colder water flows for fish, especially threatened and endangered species; environmental enhancement; and recreational opportunities that serve our growing population and boost local economies. In times when a crisis is a shame to waste, there are those who obsess with permanent conservation and environmental regulations while more fresh water flows through the Golden Gate into the Pacific Ocean.