A statement from Charles Wilson, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee, reacting to the state's initial allocation of 20 percent of requested supplies for State Water Project contractors:
"The storms we've seen so far this season are encouraging, but are not a panacea for the five years of drought California has suffered, and future dry years still loom just around the corner.
"The pattern of low water deliveries underscores California's need for a modern water system that would allow us to capture water when it's available then store until needed during dry years. Our current system permits large amounts of water to be lost out to the ocean, leaving homes, businesses and farms throughout the state high and dry. California WaterFix would protect against earthquakes, prepare for drought and ensure a reliable, efficient statewide water supply."