A new water supply

06/01/2014 5:06 PM

06/02/2014 11:42 AM

Re "Are dams the answer?" (Page A1, June 1): It may take a master negotiator, but it is time to work with the Great Northwest states to tap into water from the Columbia River basin.

Water canals along Idaho, Washington, and Oregon can be built and diverted to Northern California's dead seas and along to the Owens Valley to provide an infusion of new water resources to meet California's agricultural needs. This teamed up with conservation and drip irrigation in the fields is a far more economic use of the Western United States' precious water supplies. Much better than marginal investments described in the any one of the November ballot proposals.

As a native Oregonian, I understand there will be resistance to sending Salmon River and Columbia River water south, but capital projects and cash payments for water taken may open up this new water source for California.

-- Bill Gardner, Cool

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