Californians were recently warned that water levels in the San Luis Reservoir were dangerously low and that water deliveries from the reservoir would likely be shut soon.
The San Luis Reservoir supplies water to the Santa Clara Valley, San Benito County as well as farmers in the Central Valley. As of July 22nd, 2016, the reservoir stood at 11% of total capacity which puts storage well below the levels recorded during the driest season ever recorded (1976-1977). This news comes in spite of a robust rainy season in California with YTD precipitation about 16% higher than the long-term average and over 200% higher than the driest 1976-1977 season.
Ironically, California Governor Jerry Brown recently advocated for, and ultimately passed, a bill allocating $2.7 billion of new funding for new water storage projects. We hope that those funds will be used responsibly and not to simply hire union labor to build new reservoirs that are never filled due to endless pandering to the state’s environmental special interest groups.