“As California’s historic drought worsens by the day, Silicon
Valley’s main water provider faces a difficult choice: Risk
catastrophic flooding if a major earthquake strikes its largest
dam — or drain billions of gallons of water from the reservoir
behind it to make repairs.”
“Two members of California’s congressional delegation on
Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of
Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential
solution to California’s long-term water problems.
“Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug
LaMalfa held a news conference near the location of the
proposed reservoir to announce their bill.”
“In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep.
John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa,
R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new
large-scale reservoir in Northern California.”
“About 1,000 people jammed into the rodeo grounds Tuesday near
the San Joaquin River, roaring approval for politicians and
farm leaders who criticized Sacramento’s handling of
California’s water crisis.
“A few hours later in Sacramento, state water leaders made a
change in the drought emergency orders issued earlier this year
to assure farmers they would be able to get whatever water
“A $600,000 consultant will conduct geotechnical studies and
preliminary design work for expansion of Phoenix Lake into both a
reservoir and runoff retention basin as part of ambitious plans
to control flooding in the Ross Valley.”
“The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is in a much
better position than most other California water agencies as
the state stares down its first full year of drought: Its Hetch
Hetchy Reservoir remains 51 percent full, and its customers use
far less water than most others.
“But if the bone-dry conditions persist, it won’t be.”
From the Visalia Times-Delta, in a commentary by J. Paul Hendrix:
“Tulare Irrigation District has proposed a new reservoir at
McKay Point, near Lemon Cove and Woodlake, to provide new water
storage, flood control and more efficient distribution of water
“The McKay Point project, proposed to be located north of the
separation of the Kaweah and St.