Expanding California’s Water Supply

Jun 10, 2014

  The best response to the drought, as well as future water shortages, is to make better use of the water that is already here. Four immediately available strategies to do just that are being proposed by a pair of Bay area environmental groups.

Open air canals, such as this, deliver millions of acre feet of water to California agriculture, but with big losses to evaporation.

  Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in Berkeley, says that implementation of the four strategies they are advocating can be done right away, using policies that are already in place.

What’s more, adds Kate Poole, senior water attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, there are also potent legal underpinnings for taking even stronger actions.