A state better known for cyclical and serious drought actually suffers equal or greater pain when there’s too much water, not too little. Ask your neighbors in Waterford, along Dry Creek or in South Modesto or living along the San Joaquin River. The drought might have ruined their lawns, but when the water spilling from Don Pedro Reservoir reaches these areas, the costs could be far greater.
Should we simply beseech the heavens for drier skies? Or should we hold elected officials accountable and ask them to get off their dam hands?
In 2014, amid a cruel five-year drought, voters approved Proposition 1 to create additional water storage for the future. Those who abhor dams for the ecological damage they do made certain that most of the $7.5 billion bond would go to conservation projects and other types of storage. But even those projects are stalled.
Dams are old fashioned, but they have always served two purposes: creating reserves for drought and a check on previously uncontrolled rain and runoff. Precisely the situation we’re in now.