Managing Regional Water Supplies

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Source: Santa Barbara County Grand Jury

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury investigated the serious problem of drought and water management within the County.  Santa Barbara County is one of the most drought-prone areas of California.  Although there was considerably above average rainfall this winter (140 percent of normal), Lake Cachuma is still only 51 percent full, which can seduce many into thinking that the drought is over.  It’s not!

While there are many sources of water available throughout the County, managed by a multiplicity of water purveyors, there is inadequate coordination among them, reflecting their conflicting priorities.  The Grand Jury recommends that there be an independent, impartial and forward-thinking agency with the authority to lead Santa Barbara County’s efforts to manage its water supplies.

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Channelfog Jun 14, 2017 05:07 AM
Managing Regional Water Supplies

What is truly inadequate is control of demand, primarily continued development. With regard to water and transportation resources, Santa Barbara was built out many years ago, and all growth since then has been to the detriment of residents in terms of quality of life. Our once lush, garden town is gone, replaced by buildings, and driving across town is now a slow process. To think that I once lamented the delay at the traffic lights crossing HWY 101!

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