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    Default California Drought Impact Seen Spreading From Fires to Food Cost

    What bothers me about this article is basically now that CA is in the drought, we have a problem. That state is so overpopulated and has had to bring in water from every source possible for decades. Drought or no drought. Again, a great book to read on this subject is called Cadillac Desert. My state is suffering off and on, mostly on, for at least 10 years, we have lost thousands and thousands of acres of beautiful forests to fire, our lakes are drying up, our crops are drying up and ranchers have had to sell thousands of head of cattle because they cannot afford to feed them. Texas is suing us for more water. And we are not a populated state. Another words, it is not just about New Mexicans gobbling up water. We are in a horrific drought here. I sometimes wonder if we will have to walk away from our home one day because there will be no water for us. But mention CA and everything changes.
    The emergency, which follows the state’s driest year on record, is likely to boost the prices of everything from broccoli to cauliflower nationwide. Farmers and truckers stand to lose billions in revenue, weakening an already fragile recovery in the nation’s most-populous state. And California and other Western states are seeing a surge in wildfires.

    As lawmakers rush to enact measures to help farmers and ranchers contend with the immediate threat to the nation’s most productive agricultural region, the prolonged dry spell is sparking calls for a radical rethinking of how the state, and much of the West, distributes water to residents.

    “We are at that point the risks for the future are really significant,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan research organization. “We have to fundamentally change the way we manage water.”
    California Drought Impact Seen Spreading From Fires to Food Cost - Bloomberg

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    Default Re: California Drought Impact Seen Spreading From Fires to Food Cost

    Amen sister ive been on that bandwagon for years. Arizona has the same trouble and lets not mention what mexico has gone thru. The river quit flowing into mexico 35 years ago.
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    More than a dozen communities in California could run out of water in months

    It happens here frequently!!! I will tell you what makes me so mad about CA. Have any of you ever been to southern CA? Everywhere you look, it is lush, green tropical. All shopping centers, all freeways, everything is landscaped with plants that are not native. Everything is irrigated to keep it so green and lush. Southern CA is a desert but you would never know it to look at it. And water conservation? I don't think anyone even knows what that word means. When I was there in October, we had a really good rainstorm. The next morning I got up and everyone's built in sprinklers were on! In Albuquerque, you get fined for that kind of stupidity. In New Mexico, people landscape with native plans that are drought tolerant. It is called xeriscape. We use more gravel and less lawn. Still we are suffering under this drought severely but at least this state has it's head on straight and started tackling water issues as best they could long before the drought started. But we are a poor state. We do not have the resources to build aqueducts and pipe in water from every surrounding state the way CA has done.

    Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations.

    Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state’s worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying for rain.

    “My grandparents tell of the Dust Bowl years in the late 30s when it was very bad and dry with dust storms blowing. But this is as bad as we have ever seen it in my lifetime,” he told AFP.
    With no significant rain since November, state authorities identified 17 communities it warned could run out of water within 60-120 days, if the drought continues.

    Only last Friday, California’s State Water Project announced for the first time in its 54-year history that it cannot deliver anything beyond the bare minimum to maintain public health and safety.
    More than a dozen communities in California could run out of water in months | The Raw Story

 

 

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