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Solve water and economic woes by building reservoir

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While the rains pour down, amidst the doom and gloom of the stormy economic climate, we are force-fed picture after picture of low-running rivers, lakes and reservoirs. The so-called “drought” we are experiencing is simply the cyclical pattern that makes “average” rainfall and snowpack, just that, average. We are told when the snowpack is only 70 percent of “normal” it’s a crisis. Yet the years when we experience 130 percent of “normal” do we ever store the extra as we should? Have we built any new reservoirs? It wouldn’t matter. Ask your state and local water officials. Folsom Dam, Oroville, Shasta? They’ll tell you. Those dams are primarily for flood control. And whenever there is any extra water that could be stored for dry times like we’re experiencing now, the environmental crowd makes sure the lakes are drained to protect some endangered mosquito or something down in the Delta. Drought? Nah. Depression? Ask your grandparents and great-grandparents. Below normal rainfall amidst the below normal economic storm simply sells the 6-o’clock news like a bad reality TV show. Don’t listen to them, except to demand that some new reservoirs get built. Kill two birds with one stone by using some stimulus money to solve our water storage problems. And then, let the environmental crowd cut their own water use by, say, 80 percent. That way farmers can help us all survive, while the Delta smelt can swim happily all summer long. Dan Risucci Rocklin