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Yes, we're in a drought — but it's no longer a temporary emergency

Original post made on Oct 10, 2021

California's declining water supply, the current drought and global warming could lead to serious and unrecoverable environmental consequences unless action is taken now, the state's drought manager warned.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, October 10, 2021, 8:42 AM


Posted by JustAWorkingStiff
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2021 at 3:13 pm

JustAWorkingStiff is a registered user.

Here is what Assembly member Marc Berman office provided regarding additional water storage
for CA. Last legislation is dated 2014. Additional capacity seems to be inadequate.

Thank you for reaching out to Assemblymember Marc Berman’s office regarding proposals to build new reservoirs. My name is Elizabeth Schmitt, and I am Assemblymember Berman’s Legislative Aide.

Proposition 1 of 2014 dedicated $2.7 billion for investments in water storage projects, named the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). This bond is currently funding the development of eight projects that collectively will boost California’s water storage capacity by 4.3 million acre-feet. According to the California Water Commission, “these projects range from expanding existing reservoirs to boosting groundwater storage to building 21st century surface storage facilities.” The WSIP is funding expansions to the Los Vaqueros Reservoir and the Pacheco Reservoir, as well as a new reservoir known as the “Sites Project.” The Sites Reservoir Project will be a 1.81 million acre-foot offstream surface storage reservoir located in the Sacramento Valley.

You can learn more about the Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program here: Web Link

You may also be interested to know that this year the Legislature passed a Water Resilience Package totaling $4.65 billion that will fund investments in water efficiency, flood protection, groundwater cleanup and water recycling, and urban streams and rivers, in addition to other projects. You can find more information about the budget package (Senate Bill 170) here: Web Link

Thank you again for contacting Assemblymember Marc Berman’s office, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Elizabeth Schmitt | Legislative Aide
Office of Assemblymember Marc Berman
California State Assembly | District 24

Posted by AB
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2021 at 12:31 am

AB is a registered user.

Hello Santa Clara Valley residents. If our local water districts go started today, it would take twenty years to bring a desalination plant online capable of producing 50 million gallons a day. This is the same output as the City of Carlsbad desalination plant that is currently operating.

Unfortunately, as soon as California get a wet year, people forget about planning for the future. The best time to have built a desalination plant was twenty years ago. The next best time is today.