Dams are an answer

06/01/2014 4:06 PM

06/02/2014 11:40 AM

Re "Are dams the answer?"(Page A1, June 1): The look for a silver bullet to solve California's water problems has led to paralysis in providing solutions. There is no single answer, but the combination of efficient use, reuse, storage, distribution and desalination. The paralysis is exasperated by regional self-interest, gross over allocation and greed. Laws protecting water rights are ignored, allowing major political players to abscond with others' water. Agriculture is the largest user, growing our food, but is vilified by those who put the interests of fish before people.

California is slowly dying of thirst. Dams are a part of the solution. On-stream can also provide flood control and electricity as Sacramento Municipal Utility District does. Off-stream can provide drought supplies, as Los Angeles does. All can be used to recharge underground aquifers.

California must invest in its water resources; all of them, including dams. You can't conserve what you don't have.

-- Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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