"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."
- Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York)
As California enters its fourth consecutive year of drought, it is more important than ever that the state take full advantage of every drop of water. But, once again, heavy rains fell in Northern California and, once again, precious water was allowed to flow out to the ocean rather than delivered to the state’s residents, businesses and farms. While some freshwater flows are necessary to maintain water quality and protect fish species, increased flows, such as those from the most recent storm, could be put to better use.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently provided the Legislature with an overview and analysis of problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the current government efforts undertaken to address these problems.