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Clifford Johnson: Centennial reservoir project the best way to save water

I attended the Auburn meeting March 10 and left disappointed after hearing so much negative discussion — mostly "me, me, what I want." I'm amazed that so many people can be against a project that will help improve water availability in the years to come.

Water is our most important resource and a chance to save it for later use is of paramount importance.

Fact of life: we need water to survive. Saving runoff in a reservoir is a logical, economical way to help provide for dry times. As a bonus, we'll reduce groundwater draw-down, get recreational opportunities, more consistent Bear River flow downstream, and habitat for wildlife.

I say look at the big picture … save water now for future use.

(Update on March 15) We had another good storm over the weekend … wow, all should see the river in this stage … seems like it wouldn't take long to fill both the Far West and Centennial reservoirs (if the latter were already built), saving water for our upcoming dry summers.

Clifford Johnson

Nevada County