Should SoCal give the north water?

There’ll be a “vigorous debate in the board room” over that issue, says this San Diego newspaper story.

L.A.’s Metropolitan Water district has stashed away almost 2.4 million acre feet. This includes 772,000 acre feet on this side of the Grapevine. It could be transferred to thirtsy farms.

“They want the state to understand their needs for facilities and maybe it would be good for them to understand the rest of the state’s needs for water,” Lester Snow, a former top state water official, said pointedly.

The state foolishly depleted NorCal reservoirs to benefit Big Ag. Shasta reservoir is at 36 percent of capacity, Oroville, 36 percent, and Folsom, 17 percent. 

 Yet Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County is 96 percent, Castaic Reservoir is 86 percent. Both reservoirs receive water from the Delta.

“We are one state,” Snow said. “Our economy functions interactively. It’s really important to lessen burden, share burden and do it voluntarily.”

I’ll believe it when I see it.

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