Opinion-Colorado River Basin-San Diego County Water Authority-SmolensThe Colorado River Basin snowpack is well above normal. That may give some breathing room but the need to revamp river distribution remains. Photo: San Diego County Water Authority

Is the San Diego-Imperial Model Part of the Solution for Colorado River Woes?

In a sense, the record string of storms that hit California created two lakes — one real and one hypothetical.

The deluges re-established Tulare Lake, once the largest lake west of the Mississippi River that was drained long ago for agriculture and municipal water demands.