A Way of Life
Nothing could be more disastrous for this country than for the citizens of one part of the State to feel that everything that they have is theirs and it should not be shared.
May 10, 2016
"But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life." - Governor Jerry Brown
We don't have a problem making conservation a way of life. Wasting water isn't ever a good idea. But, we have to wonder if the drought will ever be over. Consider that Lake Shasta, the state's largest reservoir, was so full they had to release flood control water for the first time in five years. Lake Oroville, the state's #2 reservoir was also so full that it had its first flood control releases since 2012. So, our biggest reservoirs are as full as they can get.
We have also let over 8 million acre feet flow out to sea through the Delta since mid December. State water regulators have chosen not to pump water south to protect the health of the delta and the Delta Smelt. These are choices water managers make voluntarily.
We can't help but be reminded of President Kennedy's remarks at the dedication of the San Luis Reservoir: "The other point that I think has been most useful about this trip is to see how Americans can work together. We are a very independent people, 180 million, and it is hard for us to agree on any course of action. We always have some different ideas of how that course of action can be made more perfect, and yet in this case, one part of your State has been willing to help another part...Nothing could be more disastrous for this country than for the citizens of one part of the State to feel that everything that they have is theirs and it should not be shared with other citizens of this State...What this project also symbolizes is the State working with the federal Government, the local communities working with the State. This program is unique in this area. There is no other project in the history of the United States where a State has put in such a large contribution to the development of its own resources, and where the National Government has joined with the State...And I think that those who took part in this and made it possible should feel the strongest sense of pride, because all those years when people in this State said it was impossibleand those who had water wanted to hug it and not make it available to all those who lived in dry areasmany State administrations in California, including some of the most distinguished, wrestled with this problem. But I believe that all Californians will remember the leadership which your distinguished Governor has given to this great cause of making water available to the people of this State."
Yes. Those were the good old days when governments and people worked together to bring water to all of California. It's not that way any more. That's our new way of life.
Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life
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