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Stunning before and after images of California's drought
Vox ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brad Plumer

Posted on 08/27/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT by EveningStar

California is currently suffering through its worst drought in at least a century, with 82 percent of the state facing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. The before-and-after photos below offer a visual look at just how staggering the change has been.

(Excerpt) Read more at vox.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; drought; lakeoroville
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California hasn't had a drought this bad since at least 1895
1 posted on 08/27/2014 2:19:21 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Too many ‘rats producing too much CO2.


2 posted on 08/27/2014 2:24:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: EveningStar

I recently flew into the US through LAX, my flight took me from somewhere North of San Francisco South into LAX. I was shocked at the number empty reservoirs and the parched landscape you could see from the air.


3 posted on 08/27/2014 2:24:19 PM PDT by Gamecock (Not responsible for errors resulting from posting via my "smart" phone.)
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To: EveningStar

And, how will they blame it on Bush?


4 posted on 08/27/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfusbutcher)
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To: Paladin2

A rat tax? Really?


5 posted on 08/27/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: EveningStar
That was back when we grew oranges in N. Florida and almost Georgia. That big cold changed Florida and some growers went to California to start a business.

Funny how weather changes different areas and business.

6 posted on 08/27/2014 2:25:14 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: EveningStar

Meanwhile the governor is inviting Mexico to move here.


7 posted on 08/27/2014 2:30:57 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: EveningStar

It’s probably a good time to buy a boat. Buy (water level) low, sell high.


8 posted on 08/27/2014 2:32:25 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: AZLiberty

He should tell them to bring water.


9 posted on 08/27/2014 2:32:55 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: EveningStar

Isn’t this really a mostly government caused drought???


10 posted on 08/27/2014 2:40:03 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: EveningStar

Part of the problem is the state’s horrific “green” agenda that places greater importance on minnows that humans. But there is more at work here; the entire nation is under God’s curse. Obama is a curse, and we are cursed because our nation has betrayed Israel.


11 posted on 08/27/2014 2:41:00 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: EveningStar

***Cities would suffer but adapt,” he found. But farmers — who use some 80 percent of the state’s water — wouldn’t fare so well...***

Cities won’t fare so well either. Ag may only account for 3% of California’s GDP, but that 3% translates to a $37+ Billion dollars a year industry. Loss of ag productivity hits the poor the hardest, both in loss of jobs and the health impacts of a limited diet:

“...our state produces a sizable majority of American fruits, vegetables and nuts; 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots and the list goes on and on. A lot of this is due to our soil and climate. No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre.

Lemon yields, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than neighboring states. California spinach yield per acre is 60 percent higher than the national average. Without California, supply of these products in our country and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products specifically, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.

Soon, the effect on consumer prices would become attention-grabbing. Rising prices would force Americans to alter their diets...Young people and the poor in America, more than others, eat less fresh fruit when prices rise. “

http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/what-happens-if-us-loses-california-food-production


12 posted on 08/27/2014 2:42:34 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: EveningStar

And yet, they do nothing to bring in new water source but continue to direct water to either LA County or fish in the delta.


13 posted on 08/27/2014 2:45:30 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: blueplum
“...our state produces a sizable majority of American fruits, vegetables and nuts

Problem isn't the ample produce it produces it's the liberal politicians it puts forth. California is slowly being returned to Mexico.

14 posted on 08/27/2014 2:48:32 PM PDT by ontap
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To: Redleg Duke
And, how will they blame it on Bush?

Easy, they will say it's because of his weather machine, now behave or he'll crank up his earthquake machine.

15 posted on 08/27/2014 2:49:46 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Kackikat

CA is overrun with ‘rats.


16 posted on 08/27/2014 2:51:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Gamecock

Did you notice all the water that we’re stealing and hoarding here in Nevada? No? That’s cause we’re a little dry here too. Parched? Yup. Except the sage brush somehow finds a way grow profusely. Thinks round-up is a condiment.


17 posted on 08/27/2014 2:52:11 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: EveningStar
Meanwhile the bureaucrats are dumping so much water down the Trinity River into the Klamath that it's cooling the water out the river mouth sufficiently that it is bringing in the salmon way too early, which then die because there is insufficient water upstream for them to spawn.

Gotta love government resource control.

18 posted on 08/27/2014 2:52:48 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Democrats: the Party of slavery to the immensely wealthy for over 200 years.)
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To: EveningStar
The lake is low because they are steadily draining it out: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?ORO

Probably a minnow downstream or overpopulation or whatever. Drought is moderate across most of Northern California: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=ww_drought and severe in a small portion. But most of the news about drought is politicized propaganda including the "Drought Monitor" from University of Nebraska where they have tossed the objective standards and declared extreme drought based on political criteria.

19 posted on 08/27/2014 2:55:19 PM PDT by palmer (This comment is not approved or cleared by FDA)
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To: dirtymac
And yet, they do nothing to bring in new water source but continue to direct water to either LA County or fish in the delta.

Yeah but, we're going to get a 50 bazillion dollar bullet train built here, Don't know who will actually ride it, but wow!

20 posted on 08/27/2014 2:57:25 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: EveningStar

I won’t start worrying until the Okies start moving back.


21 posted on 08/27/2014 2:58:39 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: SkyPilot

Water ran all the way to the Gulf of Mexico this year. First time since the 70’s.


22 posted on 08/27/2014 3:00:28 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: Gamecock

I’m a native Californian and I’ve lived through droughts. I have never seen Lake Shasta so low. Ever.


23 posted on 08/27/2014 3:01:18 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Maybe they could use the “bullet” train to ship water from British Columbia??????


24 posted on 08/27/2014 3:01:48 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: EveningStar

Images, what images?


25 posted on 08/27/2014 3:09:20 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: EveningStar

IMAGES ? Since the 1970’s...

No significant new water storage has been built.

Moron California environmentalists want to have existing damns torn down

No plans to build more storage but they want a Bullet train

In the meantime the population has almost doubled since the 1970’s

The real IMAGE is one of stupidity

The real IMAGE is what you get when Democrats hold the purse strings and think they’re planning for the future


26 posted on 08/27/2014 3:11:10 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: rktman

No water problem in Nevada. I hear you are building a tunnel that will draw water from to the bottom of Lake Mead.


27 posted on 08/27/2014 3:11:57 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Yup. Hired some ham-ass engineers from Gaza to help out. We’re gonna pipe the water to the snow making machines around Lake Tahoe. :>}


28 posted on 08/27/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: SandyInSeattle

“I’m a native Californian and I’ve lived through droughts. I have never seen Lake Shasta so low. Ever.”

The drought will break soon; likely with above normal rains and flooding and mudslides. Maybe even starting this fall.
Statistically it would seem it should be very soon.


29 posted on 08/27/2014 3:25:22 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I hope so. My daughter lives in the Central Valley and it is dry, dry, dry.

They need a nice, strong El Nino.


30 posted on 08/27/2014 3:33:53 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional.)
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To: EveningStar

So what? They’ve saved the snail darter!


31 posted on 08/27/2014 3:35:22 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EveningStar
Some of it is kind of cool. Falling levels in Lake Don Pedro, where we sail, have exposed the Eagle Shawmut Gold Mine, which was submerged when they created the reservoir in the '70's.

 photo Shawmut_zpsbc108920.jpg

32 posted on 08/27/2014 3:38:06 PM PDT by keat
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To: goodnesswins

“Isn’t this really a mostly government caused drought???”

Are you serious?

While the RATS (and the RINOS) should have been investing in more water storage facilities, Rainfall (and snowfall) has been about 10% of normal for a couple of years. What I take issue with is the “environmentalists” roadblocks to adding these facilities, and indeed even pressing to dismantle impoundment that we already have (it’s for the fish).


33 posted on 08/27/2014 3:52:47 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Inyo-Mono

“Yeah but, we’re going to get a 50 bazillion dollar bullet train built here, Don’t know who will actually ride it, but wow! “

Right you are I-M! If our agriculture in the Central Valley fails (and unless next year we get some substantial precipitation it’s going to), there won’t be any illegal alien farmworkers to get government-subsidized rides throughout the Valley because the crops they pick won’t be there! But Jerry the Fairy can die happy that he had a “lifelong commitment” to ruling even though, like his idiot father, he never held a real job and didn’t know what he was doing, never!


34 posted on 08/27/2014 4:01:23 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

I should have said “environmentalist caused”....


35 posted on 08/27/2014 4:11:30 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: rktman

Try Crossbow on that sage brush.If it survives that,then God must want it there.


36 posted on 08/27/2014 4:17:45 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: goodnesswins
Oh yes. The last time they looked at this was in the 60’s. The enacted 47% of the recommendation's. The rest were put to a vote of the people this fall.
37 posted on 08/27/2014 4:24:52 PM PDT by Domangart (Tho I walk Through the valley of Wall Mart, I fear no man.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Do you mean the Gulf of California? Because the Gulf of Mexico receives water from the Mississippi/Missouri/Ohio/Tennessee riverine system, a VAST amount of fresh water every second.


38 posted on 08/27/2014 4:35:56 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: EveningStar

Remember a few years ago all those greenies were rhapsodizing about “breaching dams” and “restoring wild rivers”? Funny you don’t hear a lot about that lately.


39 posted on 08/27/2014 4:42:25 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!)
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To: EveningStar

The results of liberal management.


40 posted on 08/27/2014 4:44:59 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Alas Babylon!

You’re right, my mistake. I don’t think this is a good year to pander to environmentalists wet dreams though.


41 posted on 08/27/2014 4:54:13 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: skeeter

I know. That’s weird


42 posted on 08/27/2014 4:56:20 PM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: goodnesswins

“I should have said “environmentalist caused”....”

Yeah, I can see your “confusion,” since the “environmentalists” infest the government, it’s an understandable error! The whole country had better hope we get some precipitation this winter or a lot of the stuff you get from us to eat won’t be there!


43 posted on 08/27/2014 5:36:57 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“The drought will break soon; likely with above normal rains and flooding and mudslides. Hey, you’re talking about two of our seasons “Flood” and Mudslide!”


44 posted on 08/27/2014 5:39:14 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: rktman

What happens when Lake Mead runs dry, when the lowered water tube starts sucking dry? Seriously, have you heard what the plans are?


45 posted on 08/27/2014 5:48:50 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: goodnesswins

They usually are


46 posted on 08/27/2014 5:51:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Tahoe has enough water to cover the state of California to a depth of 14½ inches. We have water just not distributed well. Maybe we should have desalinization plants for the coastal population areas.


47 posted on 08/27/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: EveningStar

60 years ago there was no lake at Oroville at all.


48 posted on 08/27/2014 7:05:23 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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Did you notice all the water that we’re stealing and hoarding here in Nevada?

Didn't they have some problems at Burning Man due to rain?

49 posted on 08/27/2014 7:08:44 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Mike Darancette

Yeah. They had a one day delay due to standing water on the playa. Opened today.


50 posted on 08/27/2014 9:20:12 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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