That was an interesting article in Mother Jones. Living in the Central Valley with than expected. a father that worked on the “water” business for 36 years gave me a multifaceted view of water issues. I’ve heard stories of the 1969 winter with 300″ of snow in parts of the Sierra. Then to see in come downhill sooner and with greater volume and overfill our dams and river channels was eye-opening. I got to see the Tulare Lake Basin fill again, only later realizing how much farmland was inundated and put out of production. I can believe it will happen again and with a population less prepared. As a side note there are stories of paddle wheel steamers that provided transportation services from Bakersfield and Fresno to San Francisco, so high water wasn’t abnormal. In the wet year of 1981 a gentleman paddled a kayak from Fresno to San Francisco. some of the trip was upstream in newer channels and the kayak aided in portaging around irrigation headgates.