This. I’ve been saying for years that we don’t have a water shortage problem – we have a water storage problem. So out here on the West Coast, where we have a DRY climate and we occasionally experience DRY winters, we should plan ahead and build some handy water reservoirs!
The drought emergency Brown declared last month has added to the pressure on the Democratic governor to address longstanding problems with the state’s water storage and delivery systems. Brown has proposed a $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels to ship water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta to farms and communities.
The two Republican candidates, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, and Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official, both say the most pressing need is for more water storage, although it would do little to help ease the current shortfall.
“Let’s get going with the piece of this that everybody agrees on — the storage. I think we can get support for that,” Kashkari said.
Although Democrats and environmentalists have often resisted building reservoirs and expanding the state’s storage capacity, instead favoring water conservation, Kashkari said “the politics have changed,” amid the crisis. He said he believes there is now consensus.