A common misconception about water storage projects in California is that there haven’t been any major installations since the 1970s. A large part of that misconception is that large dams, and other massive installs, are the first thing that come to mind when someone says, “water storage”. An article written by Barry Nelson, and independent water policy consultant, introduces new strategies utilized by water managers in California.
Over the last 40 years water managers have been creatively finding ways to meet water needs with low-impact designs that tap into nontraditional sources such as urban stormwater and recycled water. The future of California’s sustainable water supplies rests heavily on the shoulders of these new found creative projects. “Instead of focusing on damming rivers, new strategies include off-stream reservoirs and groundwater storage – often at a fraction of the cost.” (Nelson)
“The State Water Resources Control Board has a goal of developing 3 million acre-feet of supply from stormwater and recycled water, compared with 2002 levels. That’s far more than the average deliveries of the State Water Project.” (Nelson)
Presented in this article are two proposed storage projects that illustrate the new strategies of water managers. Read more about the expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir and the clean up project of the San Fernando Valley groundwater here.
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