More dams or regulations to alleviate California drought?

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog

American diplomat Dwight Morrow wrote, “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.”

Likewise any policymakers that take credit for restoring rivers for fish and not building dams should not be surprised when they get blamed for water shortages and groundwater overdrafting.

On June 1 the Sacramento Bee ran an article by Matt Weiser and Jeremy B. White headlined, “Should California use taxpayer dollars to build more dams?” Effectively answering in the negative, they cited several experts saying new dams would yield little water for too high a cost.

Then on June 2 the Bee editorial page itself advocated, “It’s high time California Manages [sic] its underground water sources.” The Bee saw groundwater regulation, not new water storage, as an urgently needed solution to the overdraft problem.

at Cal Watchdog.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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