Droughts advance data collection

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re “Past droughts opened way for state water policy fixes” (Viewpoints, Jan. 18): I found Jay Lund's opinion piece thought-provoking. Droughts are the kind of crises that create opportunities to make advances in water management possible - if not for this drought, then for the next one. One area of drought-related advancement Lund left out is the improvement in hydrology data collection and use. Examples include the rapid expansion of stream gauging and snow survey programs following the 1924 drought and droughts from 1928 to 1934. There are many other more modern examples of ways data is being collected and used to help us cope with California's recurring droughts. I suspect the professor would agree that this is area of water management that should not be neglected in the information age. -- Clay Brandow, Davis

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