Letters : Opinion: Water crisis: Santa Barbara needs storage, not releases

As a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, it pains me to see the continuing water crisis tens of thousands of families in this region face along with millions more throughout California.

Our reservoir was built to withstand a seven-year drought, but Santa Barbara communities are out of water because federal fisheries biologists ordered hundreds of millions of gallons of water to be released during California’s historic five-year drought. They are still releasing 9.6 million gallons per month despite the fact that the reservoir is approaching so-called “dead pool” status. more

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