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California leaders must alter water deals to reflect climate realities, preserve hydropower

By Tom Stokely

July 9, 2022

The ongoing drought and resource mismanagement, however, have left such cold water in short supply. Although they were aware of the growing water crisis, state and federal water managers have drawn down reservoirs rapidly over the past three years, leaving cold water — indeed, any water — in short supply. Why? To provide water to a small subset of commercial growers.

The West Coast is now struggling with its deepest drought in 1,200 years, and urban ratepayers are facing draconian restrictions while the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors are receiving 75% of their average deliveries.

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