Re "Reservoirs also are important" (Capitol & California, Dan Walters, Dec. 16): Dan Walter's column lays out the reasons and need for added water storage in California. The doubling of the population since the last building program and climate change has resulted in an increasingly critical water shortage in the state. Scientists tell us that there will be climate swings between floods and droughts. Dams control floods and provide water during droughts, but environmentalists have blocked the needed additional dams. This must stop if our future is to be assured. New dams take years to construct, and we are entering a drought period. However, we can immediately increase the capacity of existing dams, such as Folsom dam, by removing the earth in their basins exposed during the low-water periods. We have the technology and machines to do this. All we need is the will.
-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights