Opinion: California needs to be bold and enact water supply infrastructure now
As California confronts another extended drought and its impacts, it is more obvious than ever that the state has failed to address its water supply and management challenges for far too long. The immediate fallout of the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in is frightening: local residents with wells running dry; urban water rationing and critical shortages; massive fallowing of some of the nation’s most productive agricultural land and the resulting impacts on food prices; and significant uncertainty about our ability to adapt to the future. The long-term effects are even more dire. The viability of California’s $3.4 trillion economy is at stake.
-Written by Tom Coleman, General Manager at Rowland Water District; and Federico Barajas, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority.
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