It takes more than a wet spring to end drought

Editorial

Is an increase from 30 percent to 40 percent a gain, or is it 60 percent less than the contract calls for?

That’s the question for municipal and agricultural water contractors south of the Sacramento-Dan Joaquin Delta. It’s also the question in a drought-racked Klamath Reclamation Project, where this season’s water deliveries won’t start until next week.

The answer, of course, is it’s both a shortfall and a gain from what was predicted just weeks ago. But that doesn’t help much if the planting window has gone by for your traditional crops, or you’ve rolled the dice to pump expensive well water on a few fields or are forced to pump to save permanent crops.

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