President’s Message – July 2013

I hope everyone had a fun 4th of July. 

The heat and the drought seem to be in full swing.  It is nice to see the canals full and flowing.  Unfortunately, the surface water will not last as long as we would like.  We are back to 55% allocation from Friant but, that is still not enough. 

It’s years like this that we start to realize just how limited our Friant water is.  On an average water year, Friant produces about 2million acres feet of water but, Millerton Lake only holds about 500,000 acre feet.  So Millerton must fill and drain four times in the course of an average year.  This does not seem like a very secure water supply.  We should be able to store more than just enough water for a month supply.  It is time for our senators and congressmen to propose legislation to fund more water storage.  We need more water and we need to get started as soon as possible.

 

See Ya

Tom Coleman