Water history has been forgotten

01/10/2014 11:10 AM

01/10/2014 12:44 PM

Re "Big cut in water release to river" (Page A1, Jan. 7): Sixty years ago, schools taught that water is the real gold of California. Even more, it is life for California. This was understood in the 1950s when dams were built to provide for our future. I could walk across the trickling American River every fall until they were completed, storing and distributing the water year-round. Built just in time, they prevented the flooding of Sacramento in the mid 1950s. Scientists tell us that the changing climate will bring more periods of drought and flood. Dams are the only way to have any effect on this. There are still many sites in the Sierra where a series of dams could be built, but they aren't being built. Have we forgotten our history or lost our will? Where are our leaders?

-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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