Water strategy fails to plan for future dry years
While all Californians agree we need water now more than ever, state and federal departments released a plan on April 9th that is far from what we need. This water management outline will only cause Californians more hardship and guarantee that we will have to live through future droughts.
The plan that was released jointly by the Department of Water Resources, Bureau of Reclamation and other state water agencies seems to focus more on saving the fish rather than actually helping to build a state infrastructure that will alleviate the effects of future dry years.
These departments are basing their plan on water level measurements that could be much lower due to the amount of outflow approved by separate water districts. This plan is focused on wildlife, Bay Delta construction goals and temperature management. What we need from our state government is a water plan that addresses storage shortfalls and human health and sanitation services.
This plan does absolutely nothing to help Californians in this devastating drought; it authorizes science experiments and research over water storage and conservation. It places the priority on fish and animals over people. We need to reexamine our priorities in California, and do whatever we can to help families and businesses adversely affected by a drought that we, as a state, should have been prepared for.