Donald Ulrich: Tunnels won’t make water

January 18, 2014 

I read The Bee’s article on the $25 billion tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River under the Delta. Gov. Jerry Brown says this will fix California’s water problem. I can’t understand this.

It won’t make more water. We now have canals which ship all the water we can spare to Los Angeles and the West Side farmers. What are the tunnels going to improve?

The tunnels won’t save any water. The amount of water we receive can’t be changed, at least by humans. However, we can store more water in wet years to supplement the dry years. Take the $25 billion and raise some current dams, build some new dams, create off-stream storage. More water is needed for the fish and the environment. More water is needed by farmers on the West Side, who are now removing expensive permanent crops. East side farmers could use more surface water, which would replenish our aquifer, a current, serious problem.



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