According to the SacBee the DWR is putting together a “Water Bank” – a far-reaching plan to move more water from North to South (that would be us). Cities that need the water will be given first priority – SoCal agricultural will get the lowest priority. Complicating the situation are court orders ordering DWR and US Bureau of Reclamation to protect fish in the Delta.
Now in its third year the California drought is beginning to bite and long range forecasts don’t offer much hope. One of the state’s largest reservoirs, Lake Orville is at 30% of capacity, the lowest since the 1977 drought.
“We would be negligent if we didn’t prepare for the worst,” DWR Director Lester Snow said.
Ouch. SacBee story here.