STATE'S WATER FUTURE PEGGED ON PROGRESS; REPORT SAYS EFFORTS NEEDED TO KEEP PACE.Byline: Scripps-McClatchy Western Service
Six times in the past 32 years, California water leaders have taken a good look around and published the bad news: If we don't do something now, we'll run out of water.
The message didn't change, only the size of the gap between how much water they thought the state needed and how much they thought the state will have. Friday the state released a seventh water supply projection, looking ahead to 2020.
The message is the same.
The report makes clear that in order to keep up with population growth, every serious government effort to capture, recycle, transfer and conserve water must succeed.
``We're like a hamster hamster, Old World rodent, related to the voles, lemmings, and New World mice. There are many hamster species, classified in several genera. All are solitary, burrowing, nocturnal animals, with chunky bodies, short tails, soft, thick fur, and large external cheek on a wheel,'' said Jeanine Jones, statewide planning chief for the state Department of Water Resources.
California's population is predicted to grow 50 percent by 2020.
``We keep pace only if we keep making progress,'' said Douglas P. Wheeler, secretary of the California Resources Agency The California Resources Agency is a top-level executive branch agency in the state government of California. The institution and jurisdiction of the Resources Agency is provided for in California Government Code sections 12800 and 12805, et seq. .
Keeping pace doesn't eliminate drought. New figures from the state Department of Water Resources paint a picture of California in 2020 in which 15 million more people live with the same sort of water supply swings that exist today. Come a drought year like 1977 or 1991, Californians will find themselves taking quick showers, idling farmland and watching lakes shrink.
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Overall, DWR's latest water plan update estimates that after 2020, when an inevitable drought occurs, the state will be short 3.9 million acre-feet of water.
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A shortfall of 3.9 million acre-feet is a lot of missing water. It is an annual supply for as many people as now live in Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. But it's slightly less than the 4.1 million acre-foot shortfall that in 1993 DWR had projected for California by 2020.
The chief reason the shortfall isn't expanding, water officials said, is that the state's population hasn't grown as fast as the Department of Finance projected in 1993.