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New Traditions

"It’s time to embrace this challenge and advance projects that deliver the environmental benefits and water supply resilience that California needs."

Feb 23, 2018

The article below from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) indicates how much they like the direction the California Water Commission is taking with Prop 1 water storage funds.  If you've been following the story you know the Commission is scoring traditional storage facilities like dams very low when it comes to allocating funding from the Proposition (Temperance Flat Dam Scores a big, fat zero from the state.  Project's boosters are shocked).

The EDF explains, "while some of the projects now vying for funding include construction of more traditional storage projects – new or expanded surface storage reservoirs – there are a number of projects that are breaking new ground in water storage."  And these 'breaking new ground projects' are more favored by the Commission which "has also made clear that California’s storage needs and priorities are changing."  In case you need interpretation, it means they don't like a project like the traditional dam and reservoir that would be created by Temperance Flat.  


The EDF is sympathetic to the difficulty of decision making by the Commission saying, "this is uncharted territory for the Water Commission, state agency staff and project proponents. As a result, the process has not been easy."  Yes, we do believe it is tough to create new storage when the rules say 'traditional' storage isn't defined as storage with a 'public benefit' by the rules of the Proposition.

But, don't be depressed.  The EDF says, "it’s time to embrace this challenge and advance projects that deliver the environmental benefits and water supply resilience that California needs."

We wish the supporters of Prop 1 would have carefully explained their concept of 'new traditions' before California voters approved it back in 2014.  If voters had known that 'storage' meant 'no storage' they might not have supported it. 

For California water managers, establishing new traditions takes time

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