Water Sanity

There appears to be somewhat of a return of water sanity in California, as this story in the Sacramento Bee reports, but what will actually result in the reality of California politics remains to be seen, but the new federal administration may be able to play a role.

The bottom line is that California desperately needs new water storage as our population has grown by millions since the last major water storage project has come online and all of the conservation in the world will not change the fact that we have too many people and not enough water storage to capture and hold the usually sufficient rainfall California is blessed with, to help us over the dry years.

The history of California water policy these past several decades has been one of scarcity more appropriate for a water poor state than one of abundance befitting Northern California’s bounty, which, had the original engineering been realized, Shasta Dam would have been 200 feet higher, tripling its storage capacity and Auburn Dam would have been built; both projects providing abundant water far into the future.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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