Friday, April 01, 2011

Too Much Water, Not Enough Dams

This letter writer gets it, as published in the Sacramento Bee

"Build more dams – now

"Re "Where the region grew in the '00s" (Our Region, March 12) and "Storms fill reservoirs, rivers" (Page A1, March 22): The first item will require that California increase dramatically its water supply. With an additional 12 million to 15 million people over the next 30 to 40 years, as predicted by the Census Bureau, additional water will be required.

"The second item, this winter's well-over-average moisture, rain and snow means dumping billions of gallons of water from our dams to make way for future runoff. We currently have inadequate water storage capacity (dams) to store this year's excess runoff for possible use in later dry years.

"For our current population and "normal" moisture years, California has marginal storage capacity. For a dry year, or years, we will be in trouble.

"California needs additional water storage. Our government needs to be planning now for our future water needs.

– Don Perera, Rocklin"