California’s contemporary effort to modernize the water system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta officially began in 2006.
George W. Bush was president Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor. Their administrations signed a planning agreement. And the search for a solution was on.
Thirteen years, two governors and two presidents later, we are all still at it.
We have yet to find ways to stabilize important water ecosystems or the reliability of water supplies for the state economy. And we are going to reach a point where we either collectively fail to achieve these two important goals despite years of efforts, or we move forward in historic and meaningful ways that undoubtedly will not please everyone.