With ever more hopeful headlines about the drought like this one
But you would have to be reading the Wall Street Journal to get the rest of the story
Even with reservoirs brimming, it will take time for California to recover from other effects of drought. In addition to weakened forests, groundwater levels have been drawn down sharply in many southern parts of the state, said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.
Mr. Lund said between 10 million and 15 million acre feet of water has been pumped out there over the past five years, or the equivalent of three Shasta reservoirs.
“Some parts of the San Joaquin Valley might never recover from drought because groundwater levels are so low,” Mr. Lund said.
But lest we think all is doom and gloom, here is a glass-half-full story from the SacBee
Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, is leading a troupe of lawmakers today on a tour of the Sites Reservoir, a $4.4 billion proposed water storage project four decades in the making.
Unlike most of California’s reservoirs, Sites would be off-stream and collect water from the Sacramento River via a 14-mile pipeline. Backers of the project say Sites could add 500,000 acre-feet of water to the state’s system per year, which Gallagher says is enough to serve 1.2 million families.