Originally Posted by BrianK
From a recreation perspective the latest proposal shouldn't have a huge effect on kayakers/rafters. It will affect in town recreation, but that's mostly tubers.
Except for the new whitewater park that's supposed to be finished this Fall I believe. That would suck to finally get a whitewater park, and then have the flows reduced to a trickle.
I'm not an expert or even really very informed, but it seems obvious that although another reservoir may improve the ability to capture some additional water in high flow years for use in low flow years, it's not a good option to do that. If we want to store more water, I'd rather see us pump it back into the aquifer. We really should limit drawing from the aquifers to what we put back into it anyway before we end up in California's shoes.
For reducing water use I think we need to:
1. Have less people (stop incentivizing reproducing)
2. Stop subsidizing water use and let market forces go to work. I'd guess this would reduce agriculture and/or force us to grow crops more suited to arid land, and encourage homeowners to switch to more low water landscapes.
Of course, none of that is politically feasible, but it's what I think we should do.