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How We Drained California Dry: Mark Arax



The Kern River during the drought of 2021. (SJV Water/Ryan Christopher Jones)
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Writes Fresno author and journalist Mark Arax in “How We Drained California Dry”:

“No civilization had ever built a grander system to transport water. It sprawled farmland. It sprawled suburbia. It made rise three world-class cities, and an economy that would rank as the fifth largest in the world. But it did not change the essential nature of California. Drought is California. Flood is California. One year our rivers and streams produce 30 million acre-feet of water. The next year, they produce 200 million acre-feet. The average year, 72.5 million acre-feet, is a lie we tell ourselves.”

Read more at MIT Technology Review.

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