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Viewpoints: Calls for new storage ignore need for reforms of how we use water
By John A. Lawrence
Special to The Bee
Originally Published Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013
There are no politics like water politics. For Westerners, and Californians in particular, no issue excites passions, fuels regionalism or hits the economic bottom line like water.
Facing a dry year and the prospect of quite a few more in the future thanks to climate change, the demands for massive new water development once again are rising to fever pitch, especially from Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, both longtime proponents of water development. “The message is clear. … California needs a lot more water storage – and we need it now,” Feinstein wrote in a recent column in The Bee.
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