California's Drought Prompts Creation of Water Bank

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Director of the State Department of Water Resources Lester Snow says they’re still hoping for the best— that would be what he calls a good storm season.

“However we would be negligent if we didn’t prepare for the worst and recognize that we could have a repeat of some sort and end up with very low allocations and the need to take action to deal with drought conditions…”

That’s led to the creation of the 2009 Drought Water Bank. The state will purchase water from willing sellers—primarily those upstream of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta—then sell it to agencies at risk of shortages next year.  The Association for California Water Agencies applauded its creation—saying the bank will help expedite transfers.  As for conditions State meteorologists say next year isn’t looking good—drier conditions are being forecast for the start of the year. Governor Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought earlier this summer.