Could the ocean quench California’s thirst? | Dan Walter | Columnists

“Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards have shrunk; Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink.

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these words in his 1798 poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, to describe the plight of subdued sailors who could die of thirst while surrounded by boundless expanses of water. undrinkable sea.

In a way, it also describes the plight of California. Despite its 3,427 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, including bays, inlets, and tidal marshes, the state has an ever-widening gap between its water demand and its supply.

CALmatters is a public interest journalism company committed to explaining how the California State Capitol works and why it matters. Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending most of those years working for California newspapers.

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