The growing California drought has reportedly resurrected a plan for continuing the continuing controversial Sites Reservoir.
A long-dead proposal to flood a bucolic valley north of Sacramento and create a massive reservoir for thirsty Southern California is finding new life, as well as opposition amid the effects of climate change and worsening drought.
The Sites Reservoir was conceived in the 1950s and abandoned in the 1980s, but the megadrought has renewed interest in the plan, much to the dismay of environmentalists. The controversy has transformed the western Sacramento River valley into a battleground.
“Sites Reservoir won’t provide a lot of water,” said one environmentalist. “It will be costly, though, and hard to stop because it enables elected officials to say, ‘Look, we’re doing something about megadrought. It’s become their solution to climate change.”
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Water experts, however, say they aren't necessarily causing concern. Over the past 30 years, major Western cities particularly in California have diversified their water sources, boosted local supplies through infrastructure investments and conservation, and use water more efficiently.
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