Water yield from existing reservoirs

02/14/2014 9:02 AM

02/14/2014 11:32 AM

Re "Why aren't we building more dams?" (Sacbee.com, Feb. 14)

An incredible amount of water yield could be gained way cheaper by simply and sensibly re-operating our existing reservoirs. If flood corridors could be expanded -- restoring river corridors to wildlife habitat -- then reservoirs with flood-protection responsibilities could hold much more water through the winter rather than dumping it. If a storm comes along, more water could be dumped faster -- flooding that designated flood corridor -- to provide the flood storage capacity. The Corps of Engineers and California Department of Water Resources need to simply change their rigid and irrelevant old policies.

-- Kim Forrest, Los Banos

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