State should increase water storage

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Re "Low storage brings water ration orders" (Page A1, Dec. 29): I've been watching the plans for the huge water tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use to send Sierra water south to Los Angeles and San Diego. But how do these multibillion dollar tunnels do anything to improve the water situation during an extended dry spell? I was shocked several years ago, during a good water year, to see pictures of the open flood-gates of several large dams dumping thousands of cubic feet of water per second to make room for the additional run-off coming later in the spring. Why can't California increase storage to save some of the excess run-off in wet years for use during the dry years? California would mostly be a desert if it were not for the Sierra run-off.

-- Don Perera, Rocklin

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