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California's Drought Worsens | drastic water restrictions to be imposed

OWoN: This will be a social and financial nightmare, that no one is prepared for, never mind the impact on real estate which in turn affects banking and all suppliers. Again, they have no plan B, bar culling the population. Hello Ebola.

Natural News
By Johnathon Benson
1 September 2014

Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.

Writing for The Washington Post (WP), journalist Joby Warrick draws attention to what many scientists say is an unprecedented collapse of California's vast water infrastructure, which is marked by an elaborate system of canals, reservoirs and wells that transfer water from the mountains and other areas to the Central Valley. Altogether, the state contains some 27 million acres of cropland. This system is now failing, say experts, and the consequences will more than likely be unparalleled in California's history.

According to the report, many of California's underground aquifers, which are typically drawn upon as a last resort when all else fails, are now the go-to for watering food crops throughout the state. In some areas, these aquifers have dropped by as much as 100 feet, an unprecedented decline that, even if the drought suddenly ended, would likely take several decades or longer to fully recharge.

"A well-managed basin is used like a reserve bank account," stated Richard Howitt, a professor emeritus of resource economics from the University of California at Davis, to WP. Howitt co-authored a study published back in July that estimates a 5.1 million acre-feet loss of water this year from California's underground reserves, a volume the size of Lake Shasta, the state's largest water reservoir.

"We're acting like the super rich who have so much money they don't need to balance their checkbook."

Thousands of California farmers could lose their land if water runs out 

But many farmers have no choice. They either have to pull the water now to save their crops or face potential bankruptcy and the loss of their farms. Because of the immense scarcity of water this year -- some 60 percent of California is now recorded as being at the highest level of drought, dubbed "exceptional" -- many farmers didn't even receive a share from the infrastructure.

One such farmer is Joe Carrancho, who grows rice in Willows, California. The 71-year-old lost 25 percent of his usual water allotment this year -- and he is considered lucky, since some farmers received no water at all -- and is now struggling to make payroll. He is also having to make payments on a $500,000 rice harvester that, despite the water losses, still costs the same every month.

"I have 25 percent less production, but no one is giving me a 25 percent break in my bills," he told WP.

Lawmakers propose drastic water restrictions to avoid collapse

Agriculture is by far the largest water consumer in the state, representing more than 40 percent of California's water usage. Even with about 35 million residents, California's urban areas only account for about 9 percent of overall water usage, which is minimal in the larger scheme of things.

But state lawmakers are moving to impose tighter water restrictions, including a $7.5 million bond measure that, if passed this fall, would expand the state's reservoir system and improve water recycling and other conservation efforts.

"We've reached a tipping point where the surface water is no longer enough, yet there are increasing demands from both agriculture and the environment," added groundwater management expert and hydrologist Graham Fogg to WP.

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  1. I am very happy to see this sad situation brought to light on OWoN.

    With the North American Water and Power Alliance, all of this is remedied.

    We could have done it in the 1960's, but the blood thirsty warmongering idiots decided to spend it all on Viet Nam (where our family lost a cousin). If we had done NAWAPA then, we would have more water than we would know what to do with.

    Post PP's it's NAWAPA, or we are toast. There is no choice now. The Western US, from a standpoint of sustaining life will be done without NAWAPA. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is brain dead. Barney Frank, for one, was against this project, and that disgusting slob should be subject to damnatio memoriae for his role is selling out to cabal cartels.

    Disgusting, manure-eating, blackened soul parasites of humanity are trying to kill us all. That frog spawned invertebrate jelly in the White House has got to be removed or we are all done.

  2. I'm with you. Water is life.

    And Barney Frank is a pedophile. He was outed in testimony for the Franklin Cover Up scandal. This is why nothing gets done in Washington.

    Our congressman are all homos that don't want to be outed, pedophiles, on the take or just plain scum criminals. Who controls them?

    Now we have a homo illegal president that doesn't want to go to jail. Who does he answer to?

  3. California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like

    I cannot imagine 63 trillion gallons of water being lost in the past 18 months? They are selling the water to China...NESTLE's Company. This is an average of over 3 trillion gallons a month...

    1. Here's a link to the pictures above comparing today to yesterday...amazing!

      Link in 2013 Great Lakes Water being sold to China..


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