DWR Snow Survey: Water Content 107 Percent of Normal

But We’re Still in a “Drought?”

by Dan Bacher, Indybay.org

The snow survey conducted by the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) on March 3 indicated that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 107 percent of normal for the date, making the state water supply outlook much better this year than it was last season. By contrast, water content statewide was 80 percent of normal at this time last year.

Amazing, DWR is still promoting the false concept of a drought this year. “California may face a fourth year of serious drought in 2010,” DWR proclaims on its “drought” page: http://www.water.ca.gov/drought.

“Today’s readings boost our hope that we will be able to increase the State Water Project allocation by this spring to deliver more water to our cities and farms,” warned Mark Cowin, the new Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director. “But we must remember that even a wet winter will not fully offset three consecutive dry years or pumping restrictions to protect Delta fish so we must continue to conserve and protect our water resources.”

Just when will DWR declare that the “drought” is over? Will they wait until vast tracks of land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are inundated with muddy, swirling flood waters so Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can stage a photo opportunity in a boat as he declares a flood disaster for the besieged “farmers” – and proclaims that the only way to stop disastrous flooding is to build a peripheral canal and new dams and vote for the water bond?”

Will Schwarzenegger, Senator Dianne Feinstein and corporate agribusiness then go on the peripheral canal/dams campaign trail around the state and blame “radical environmentalists” for causing the flooding by favoring “fish over people?”

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