California’s population has increased 70% since 1979, while water storage has not. The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that five proposed reservoirs could add four million acre-feet of storage capacity at a cost of $9 billion, one-tenth what the Governor is spending on his fast train to nowhere. Yet environmentalists have opposed every significant surface storage project for three decades. The state is even razing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Meanwhile, communities and farmers have been forced to drill deeper wells and are pumping more groundwater to compensate for reduced imports from the delta, leading to severe land subsidence.
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