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Bigger Dams Won't Make California Greener

California's water challenges won't be solved with the mammoth public works of the past. Instead, its water future would be better secured by measures that make the most efficient use of every drop.
Folsom Lake Marina at Folsom Lake, at 17% capacity in February 2014. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

California's northern rivers are so low that young Chinook salmon have to be trucked on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Yet to listen to some farmers and their political allies, you would think the fish, shielded by environmental law, are doing fine, while the state's $45 billion agricultural economy is being sucked dry by the epic drought.

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