Water, water everywhere, but can we keep it?

April 1, 2019
by Lois Henry
Lois Henry

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Will we get the water?

That’s the question everyone’s been asking. (And by everyone, I mean the other five or six people I know who are as weirdly interested in water as I am.)

Storms are dumping, rivers are rising and lakes are filling — finally.

Will we be able to squirrel that water away for the next dry spell?

Or will California flush it out to sea?

Yes and yes.

The state Department of Water Resources (DWR) and federal Bureau of Reclamation are planning to move as much water as possible into storage, said Kern County Water Agency General Manager Curtis Creel.

There are concerns about the endangered delta smelt fish that must also be addressed, so DWR and the Bureau are coordinating with their counterparts in the U.S. and state departments of Fish and Wildlife.

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