Mini urban reservoirs could help ease California's drought, says Steele
Nancy Steele, of the Council of Watershed Health, estimated that so far, the state has tapped less than 1 percent of the amount of water it might collect from storm runoff.
"There's a huge potential," Steele said. "And the city of Los Angeles is doing a project right now -- a storm water capture master plan -- in which they're actually identifying all of the best places to do these kind of projects in the city of L.A."
A $7.5 billion state bond approved by voters last November includes about $200 million for stormwater projects.
The Public Policy Institute of California said the state could spend twice that amount every year and still not reach the limit of stormwater's potential.