Skip to comments.State Will No Longer Send Water Down From Northern Calif.
Posted on 02/01/2014 12:58:53 PM PST by BenLurkin
Drought conditions are getting worse by the day in California and experts say the average resident is going to see the changes.
In the latest move by officials, the State Water Project announced Friday that it wont send any more water down from Northern California, something that hasnt been done in more than five decades.
The news comes in the middle of one of Californias driest winters on record and after two dry years that have depleted reservoirs.
Officials say the Water Projects decision to hold back supply is necessary to save water in the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency Jan. 17 and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for the drought conditions.
We cant make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that Californias drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas, Brown said. Ive declared this emergency, and Im calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.
Brown called on Golden State residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent.
This takes a coming together of all the people of California to deal with this serious and prolonged event of nature, he said.
Brown also directed state agencies to use less water and hire more firefighters. In addition, the Democratic governor has initiated a greatly expanded water conservation public awareness campaign.
In addition to the SWP, Southern California residents can get water from Colorado River, the LA Aqueduct in Owens Valley and groundwater, which provides most of the water supply.
Surprisingly, the drought may be good news to some. Prospectors are making their way into the hills and mountains to see if the lack of water will make it easier to find gold grains and nuggets.
Northern California is typically believed to be prime gold country, but Curt Timmons of Digger Mining and Supply in Baldwin Park says a little time in the desert, Big Bear or the San Gabriel Canyon could yield some sparkly dividends.
You can pretty much go to the bottom of these creeks with a shovel and have easy access to these gold-bearing materials, Timmons said.
With water levels in the states rivers so low, gold diggers can now get to places that havent been touched by man in perhaps more than a century.
We cant make it rain,...”
A new mantra.
Well, why not, we can legislate everything else.
Jerry tried, but Calif dried.
High speed rail will fix everything .....
Um — Hetch Hetchy .
Then WE in So Cal are not sending OUR taxes to you guys. Like they own the water???!
“Whiskey’s for drinkin’. Water’s for fightin’.”
California needs to look at some of Hawaii water solutions. Water from he sea
You’d think they would have done this a LOOOONNNGGG time ago!
The swamps and all the swamp creatures in Northern California must be preserved at all cost!
Let them live by their policies..... Bend Over Southern California!!
Raise the price. People will conserve where it suits them.
Believe it has been tried, but the expense is prohibitive.
They do raise the price in drought, then they never make the price cheaper in good times.
Israel has a surplus of fresh water. Turns out, being located next to a large body of salt water has advantages, if you know what you’re doing.
Southern Cal was offered a chance to become a partner in the building, turned it down and then sued.
Let them dry up.
Now all those people in San Fransisco will have to go to Safeway to get their veggies and fruit.
Nah, the place is crawling with nuts and fruits.
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