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  • Amid Drought, San Francisco Uses Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

    04/24/2015 6:57:46 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 7 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 4-23-15 | Mike Sugarman
    Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. Although City Hall reuses most of its portion, a quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water which ends up in the sewer. It’s a system that is more than 80 years old. “This system has been set up in the city for many decades, as far as this steam loop. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to heat these buildings. So in that sense it’s good,” Jue said
  • Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought

    04/22/2015 11:59:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies
    dailyme.com ^ | April 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Michael Casey
    Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought 52 Photos The dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images California Gov. Jerry Brown has sounded the alarm over the state's historic drought, warning that it will take "unprecedented actions" to solve the crisis.That battle cry has produced a brainstorming session like no other - prompting celebrities, tech gurus, politicians and business leaders to offer a range of innovative and outlandish solutions for easing the dry stretch that is now in its fourth...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 19, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
  • California drought gives 'toilet to tap' a new level of attention

    04/15/2015 11:19:30 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jeff Daniels
    As the California drought worsens, some communities such as Orange County, San Diego and the Silicon Valley are expanding water recycling programs, and support for "toilet to tap" programs appears to be growing from a once-squeamish public. Because a lot of communities are running out of water, they sort of have to explore all their options," said Janny Choy, research analyst with Water in the West, a program of the Stanford Woods Institute and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. "Recycled water is certainly one piece of the puzzle, but it's probably not going to...
  • EPA and CA Drought: ‘What Civilized Society Destroys Its Own Food Source For A Three-Inch Fish?'

    04/13/2015 10:38:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/13/15 | Penny Starr
    Since California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown imposed water restrictions on the state’s residents on April 1, people have suddenly become interested in what government officials have described as “one of the most severe droughts on record.” But for months, Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove -- who represents part of Kern County, the second largest agricultural sector in the country – has been trying to get the word out about how Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations apparently are literally draining water into the sea all for the sake of a three-inch fish. “I put together this short video to explain the real...
  • Bone-dry California dumps water to 'make fish happy'

    04/13/2015 8:32:00 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 04/11/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is working feverishly to reverse federal and state policies that give fish and rivers priority over people in the distribution of water during the worst drought in California history. The state is now in the fourth year of the drought, and water reserves are running frighteningly low. McClintock said it’s a result of stunningly stupid policies dating back to the last time Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown was in office. “We haven’t built a major dam in this state since 1979,” McClintock said. “Meanwhile, the population has nearly doubled. We aren’t going to solve our water problems...
  • Carly Fiorina: The Man-Made Water Shortage in California

    04/10/2015 5:12:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 60 replies
    Time ^ | April 7, 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    It comes down to this: Which do we think is more important, families or fish? ...With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could have been avoided. Droughts are nothing new in California — the state has suffered from them for centuries. The difference now is that government policies are making it much worse. Despite the awareness around this issue, liberals continue to develop and promote policies which allow much of California’s rainfall to wash out to sea. Specifically, these policies have resulted in the diversion of more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers...
  • ‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the U.S.

    04/09/2015 8:48:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washington.edu ^ | Hannah Hickey
    The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches. A long-lived patch of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, is part of what’s wreaking much of this mayhem, according to two University of Washington papers to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “In the fall of 2013 and...
  • Moving Toward Real Water Prices [California]

    04/09/2015 7:34:41 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ian Adams
    Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a dramatic, but dangerous, step by issuing an executive order to cut non-agricultural water usage by 25 percent. The unprecedented and problematic step will accomplish at once too little and too much. It will not seriously impact the shortage, but will simultaneously sour Californians on the need for a new approach to water use. The seriousness of California’s water shortage is lost on no one. The state’s snowpack is a fraction of what it has been historically and ground water is being depleted at a rate well above replacement. The desolate images of California’s shrinking...
  • Carly Fiorina could deliver California to the GOP, making the left afraid of her

    04/09/2015 4:27:25 AM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | April 9, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The evidence is mounting that Carly Fiorina is making the left nervous. Her latest assault on the left, according to a Tuesday story in Time Magazine, blamed environmentalists for the water crisis in California. In response, the New Republic published a piece comparing Fiorina to Sarah Palin though not in a good way. Both are strong women of some accomplishment coming from the right side of the political spectrum. Therefore, Fiorina must be destroyed.
  • Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought

    04/07/2015 3:50:42 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-6-15 | Kendall Breitman
    Carly Fiorina is blaming liberal environmentalists for what she calls a “man-made” drought in California
  • California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters (Smart Meters)

    04/07/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 6, 2015
    Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before the smart meter.
  • California’s ‘man-made’ environmental disaster

    04/07/2015 11:03:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The United States, a vast nation of near unparalleled natural beauty, might have no more stunning an environment than that which characterizes the state of California. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a brief trip to the Bay Area where I sampled some of this landscape’s agricultural pleasures, many of which came in fermented form. The people were lovely and accommodating. The weather was near perfection. The scenery was positively inspiring. But the topic not far from every local’s lips was a worrying one. A debilitating drought that has forced Gov. Jerry Brown to impose draconian water...
  • Desalination Gains Gov. Brown’s Support for Long-Term Drought Relief

    04/06/2015 12:57:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/06/2015 | Chriss W. Street
    With the Sierra Nevada snowpack at its lowest level since 1950, California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he would implement the first mandatory water reductions in state history. But Brown also called on districts to streamline permitting practices for water projects, and to invest in new water infrastructure technologies. Brown’s comments amount to his first vocal support for widespread desalination (or desalinization). “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow, “Governor Brown said at a press event in the Sierra Nevada mountains. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order...
  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.
  • How Jerry Brown made the California drought worse and what can be done about it

    04/06/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/04/2015 | Mark Whittington
    Victor Davis Hanson, noting the draconian water restrictions that Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed on California, suggested that Brown and his cohorts have only themselves to blame for the effects of the drought in a piece in City Journal on Thursday. When Brown was first governor, in the 1970s, he opposed a number of projects that might have brought more water to parched Californians. Brown also diverted water to fish and river enhancement that might instead have lessened the effects of the drought.As a result of Brown’s folly, California’s agricultural sector is in great peril. This peril will impact...
  • An Engineered Drought

    04/06/2015 9:44:03 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Fox & Hounds ^ | April 6, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography. We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin...
  • California governor on drought: Climate change not a hoax 'We're dealing with it, and it's damn srs

    04/06/2015 8:08:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 64 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4/5/2015 | Joseph Neese
    ABC anchor Martha Raddatz pressured Brown on criticisms that the new requirements he placed on California’s agricultural industry, which uses a reported 80% of the state’s water, were soft. To put this into perspective, Raddatz reported that more water is being used for almond production than by the combined businesses and homes of Los Angeles and San Francisco. “They’re not watering their lawn or taking long showers,” Brown said in response. “They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world.”
  • Attention America: Californians will shower less

    04/06/2015 7:27:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2015 | Andrew Malcomb
    Signing far-reaching executive orders seems to have become contagious in American government, at least among Democrats. Gov. Jerry Brown went on national TV Sunday to explain his newly-announced mandatory water restrictions that will, among other things, require California residents to shower less. And if you've ever visited France, you know what that means. Last week Brown, now in his fourth term as chief executive of the nation's most populous state, said California has not properly prepared for the kind of long-term drought it appears to face now. Brown, who turns 77 Tuesday, did not blame George W. Bush, but instead...
  • Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist

    04/06/2015 3:51:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 6, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Even in 2015, the New York Times is still pretending that desalination does not exist The New York Times just published this article on California’s water shortage:California Drought Tests History of Endless GrowthA punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.April 4, 2015LOS ANGELES — For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and...
  • Brown: 'Some People Have a Right to More Water Than Others'

    04/05/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Jerry Brown, Democrat governor of drought-stricken California, appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week and defended his executive actions that placed mandatory water restrictions on citizens but not on the agriculture industry. "There are farmers who have senior water rights," Brown told guest-host Martha Raddatz. "Some people have a right to more water than others." Of his own actions, Brown stated: This executive order is done under emergency power and it has the force of law. Very unusual. And it's requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It...
  • GOV JERRY BROWN: CALIFORNIANS TO BE HEAVILY FINED FOR LONG SHOWERS

    04/05/2015 3:36:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 219 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 5, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” Brown said to enforce his order, “Each water district that actually delivers waters — water to homes and businesses, they carry it out. We have a state...
  • Trade workers set to benefit from Gov. Jerry Brown's project list (high-speed drought?)

    04/05/2015 5:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/05/15 | Melanie Mason
    At his recent groundbreaking for the state's high-speed train, Gov. Jerry Brown paused while extolling the project to laud the union workers who will build it.. "You've got to put something in the ground," Brown said, riffing on what drives economic growth. "You've got to get these building trades men and women doing stuff. That's what makes America — what makes the world — go 'round." If Brown has his way, the construction workers will soon be doing a lot of "stuff." The governor's final-term agenda is stacked with legacy-cementing projects, including the rail network, a replumbing of California's waterworks...
  • On water, Big Ag should ante up, too

    04/05/2015 12:27:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/04/2015
    As the rest of California comes to grips with the state’s historic new water mandates, there’s an elephant in the room. And it’s wearing a farmer’s hat
  • Israel no longer worried about its water supply, thanks to desalination plants

    04/05/2015 11:09:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    McClatchy ^ | March 20, 2014 | Joel Greenberg
    Israel has gone through one of the driest winters in its history, but despite the lean rainy season, the government has suspended a longstanding campaign to conserve water.The familiar public messages during recent years of drought, often showing images of parched earth, have disappeared from television despite weeks of balmy weather with record low rainfalls in some areas. The level of the Sea of Galilee, the country’s natural water reservoir, is no longer closely tracked in news reports or the subject of anxious national discussion. The reason: Israel has in recent years achieved a quiet water revolution through desalination. With...
  • California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth [NYT pretends desalination doesn't exist]

    04/05/2015 11:05:10 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY, JACK HEALY and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature. ... a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption — is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state’s driving engine has run against the limits of nature. Can Los Angeles continue to dominate as the country’s capital of entertainment and glamour, and Silicon Valley as the center...
  • California Drought: What's Really Scarce In That State Is Wisdom, Not Water

    04/04/2015 5:55:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/04/2015
    Market Solution: California is so dry that Gov. Jerry Brown has instituted water-use restrictions for the first time in the state's history. The problem, though, is not a shortage of water. It's a shortage of thinking. The Parched State — once known as the Golden State — is so dry that Brown said it "demands unprecedented action." "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can," Brown said Wednesday from Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada, where, AP reports, "state water officials found no snow on the ground for the first time in their April manual...
  • Residents Take Drastic Measures To Conserve Water Amid State’s Ongoing Drought

    04/03/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    KCALnews ^ | 4/2/15 | news
    From drought-resistant landscaping to hiring scuba divers to repair pools, Southern Californians are going to great lengths to conserve water amid the state’s ongoing drought. ~snip~ Amid those conditions, Eduardo Garcia of West Hills says he’s had to let almost all of the trees on his 1-acre property die due to a monthly water bill in excess of $200. “And I left only for the house and all the trees [are] dying now because it’s expensive,” he said. But he’s not alone. West Hills resident Virgina Burke fears a nearby development of 145 homes may hurt the environment and take...
  • You clearly caused the drought in California, haters

    04/02/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Southern California and much of the southwest is in the grips of a massive and apparently persistent drought. There’s no point in arguing about that. Of course, whenever a crisis arises, it gives politicians a chance to do what they like best… impose more regulations. Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.The directive comes more than a year after...
  • California governor orders mandatory water restrictions amid drought

    04/01/2015 12:05:51 PM PDT · by dware · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.01.2015 | AP via Fox News
    ECHO LAKE, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order issued Wednesday, Brown ordered the state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25 percent.
  • California governor order first ever water restrictions (25% reduction across the state)

    04/01/2015 11:41:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/1/15 | BBC
    The governor of California has created the state's mandatory water reduction orders, following a historic drought. The order mandates a 25% reduction in water sage for cities and town across the state. --snip--
  • Let's Not Be All Wet About Water

    03/29/2015 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Which is worse, paying for stuff you use . . . or being constantly harassed for using it? There is talk of drought, these days, in several states of our union. And governments, local and state, are becoming draconian. Further, the moralistic crowd is out, telling us to conserve water as if it were a moral imperative on the order of Do No Murder or Thou Shalt Not Steal. This is the world of hyper-regulation of hydro-usage, the penalizing — even criminalizing — of consuming “too much” H2O. To deal with its drought, California now regards it as criminal to...
  • R.I.P. California (1850-2016): What We’ll Lose And Learn From The World’s First Major Water Collapse

    03/28/2015 9:10:54 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 68 replies
    Feelguide.com ^ | 3/22/2015 | FEELGUIDE
    Last week when NASA announced that California is on its death bed and has only 12 months of water left, the news hit like a punch to the gut. “Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir,” writes Jay Famiglietti of NASA. Famiglietti adds: “Statewide, we’ve been dropping...
  • Water Wars Loom Over California As Farmers Lose Thousands of Jobs: "Who Gets the Water”

    03/25/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-25-2015 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo March 25th, 2015 The announcement that California is rapidly running out of water has put new pressure on our most precious resource that could, in turn, force increased prices and shut down organic food production. Ultimately, it could even threaten the food supply. The recent warnings from NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, based on satellite data of the groundwater supply as it is threatened by the ongoing drought, is only compounding the issues for farmers who have already been driven to cut back production as water is rerouted to cities and industries. State leaders are embracing a full on...
  • California's Next Megadrought Has Already Begun

    03/23/2015 10:34:56 AM PDT · by blam · 83 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 3-22-2015 | Eric Holthaus
    Eric Holthaus March 22, 2015 As California limps through another nearly rain-free rainy season, the state is taking increasingly bold action to save water. On Tuesday, the California state government imposed new mandatory restrictions on lawn watering and incentives to limit water use in hotels and restaurants as part of its latest emergency drought regulations. On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a $1 billion plan to support water projects statewide and speed aid to hard-hit communities already dealing with shortages. Last month federal water managers announced a "zero allocation" of agricultural water to a key state canal system for...
  • 10 Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming [alfalfa hay uses 15 percent]

    03/20/2015 10:56:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    Slate ^ | May 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    Almonds alone use about 10 percent of California’s total water supply each year. That’s nuts. But almonds are also the state’s most lucrative exported agricultural product, with California producing 80 percent of the world’s supply. Alfalfa hay requires even more water, about 15 percent of the state’s supply. About 70 percent of alfalfa grown in California is used in dairies, and a good portion of the rest is exported to land-poor Asian countries like Japan. Yep, that’s right: In the middle of a drought, farmers are shipping fresh hay across the Pacific Ocean. The water that’s locked up in exported...
  • California Announces $1 Billion Emergency Drought Relief Package

    03/19/2015 5:03:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    TIME ^ | March 19, 2015 | by Kate Pickert
    As if Californians needed another reminder that their state is dangerously hot and dry, they got it on March 15 when more than 30 runners at the Los Angeles marathon were hospitalized due to record high temperatures. The late winter heat wave — the mercury climbed above 90 in the city and surrounding areas — offered stark notice that, four years into a severe drought, the Golden State remains desperately parched with little relief in sight. “This is a struggle,” Brown reportedly said during a press conference announcing the package. “Something we’re going to have to live with. For how...
  • California governor to propose $1B drought plan

    03/19/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 12:23 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in drought-relief spending for California as it heads into a fourth dry year, according to a legislative staffer who has been briefed on the package. The staffer tells The Associated Press that the vast majority of the package to be announced Thursday accelerates spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects, including last year’s $7.5 billion bond measure. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the staffer is not authorized to speak to the media. The package would provide immediate aid to communities...
  • San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 6:26:18 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | March 18, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. “They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • A Tale of Four Droughts: Each is a Metaphor of What California Has Become

    03/16/2015 7:24:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/16/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>California is not suffering one drought, but four. Each is a metaphor of what California has become.</p> <p>The first California drought, of course, is natural. We are now in the midst of a fourth year of record low levels of snow and rain.</p>
  • NASA Scientist Warns "California Has One Year Of Water Left"

    03/13/2015 11:09:46 AM PDT · by blam · 118 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3-13-2015 | Jay Famiglietti - Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 03/13/2015Authored by NASA Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti, originally posted Op-Ed at The LA Times. Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well. As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California,...
  • No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

    02/28/2015 3:15:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2--27-15 | Mark Grossi
    Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project. Don Peracchi, board president of the Westlands Water District’s board, mostly in west Fresno County, said: “The federal government’s Central Valley Project is broken. Some of the most vital elements of the state’s economy are being allowed...
  • President Grover Cleveland on federal welfare/entitlements

    02/24/2015 2:44:05 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Around 1886, retold February 2015 | Grover Cleveland
    ...when there was a Texas drought that hurt the crops of farmers there, Congress allotted $10,000 to buy seed grain to help them recover. But [President Grover] Cleveland vetoed the expenditure and explained why like this:I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think,...
  • Mega Droughts and Other Climate Scare-Tactics

    02/16/2015 6:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Patrick Michaels
    Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.”—On Page 3 of Friday’s Washington Post is (yet another) lurid climate story, this time about mega-droughts of several decades that are going to pop up in the Pacific Southwest around 35 years from now. The findings are based upon the UN’s climate model suite that, according to our presentation to the American Geophysical Union, is in the process...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Highland Lake inflow levels for 2014 second-lowest on record (TX)

    01/14/2015 8:44:27 AM PST · by bgill · 25 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | KXAN News
    The LCRA added inflows into the lakes have been well below average every year since 2008, when the current drought began. The combined storage of lakes Travis and Buchanan stood at 689,396 acre-feet on Jan. 1 and are currently just 34 percent full. An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons. If the capacity falls to 30 percent, water customers would be required to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. Officials say there is a small chance this could happen as soon as March. In November, as a way to conserve water, the LCRA asked the state for permission to...
  • Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon

    12/22/2014 2:37:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM EST
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species. The 2009 environmental review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at such a high rate would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales. Some of the state’s biggest water agencies, including Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision. …
  • California Drought Linked to Natural Causes, Not Climate Change

    12/12/2014 9:24:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | December 08, 2014 06:01pm ET | Becky Oskin
    Natural temperature swings in the ocean, not global warming, are driving California’s extreme drought, according to a new government study. Researchers said sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean set up an atmospheric roadblock off the West Coast that diverted winter storms away from California. The state relies on winter rain and snow for most of its yearly water. The roadblock is a persistent ridge of high pressure that first formed in 2011 during a La Nińa event. Even though La Nińa broke down after the 2011-2012 winter, the western equatorial Pacific Ocean remained a warm water bull’s-eye, a...
  • CALIFORNIA STORMAGEDDON!!!!!

    12/11/2014 12:12:47 PM PST · by Califreak · 67 replies
    Local News ^ | 12/12/14 | califreak
    So how are we all faring here in the face of this deadly NorCal storm? Since my house didn't blow away and I still have power I'm doing a cookathon laundry extravaganza!
  • Report Downplays Role of Global Warming in California Drought

    12/08/2014 6:03:15 PM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | December 8, 2014 | Brian Clark Howard
    California's ongoing drought is due primarily to natural variability in the Pacific Ocean, not human-induced global warming, a government report released Monday argues. But whether that variation in ocean conditions is truly "natural" or is driven by a changing climate remains a major matter of debate among scientists. The new study, conducted by Columbia University for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), concludes that "natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns are the primary drivers behind California's ongoing drought," according to a NOAA press release. Human-induced climate change, on the other hand, was not found to be a significant factor, concludes...