What Is The True "Water Crisis" in California?
Not just the "drought" in California.
Date: 8/31/2015 6:18:45 AM ( 6 y ) ... viewed 627 times
"There's not enough water in California": Environmentalists often claim that the California water crisis stems from the state not having enough water to satisfy its rapidly growing population, especially during a drought.
However, the state in fact has abundant water flowing into the Delta, which is the heart of California's irrigation structure. Water that originates in the snowpack of the Sierra Nevada Mountains runs off into the Delta, which has two pumping stations that help distribute the water throughout the state.
But on average, due to environmental regulations as well as a lack of water storage capacity (attributable, in large part, to activist groups' opposition to new storage projects), 70% of the water that enters the Delta is simply flushed into the ocean. California's water infrastructure was designed to withstand five years of drought, so the current crisis, which began about three years ago, should not be a crisis at all. During those three years, the state has flushed more than 2 million acre-feet of water — or 652 billion gallons — into the ocean due to the aforementioned biological opinions, which have prevented the irrigation infrastructure from operating at full capacity."
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Consequentially to certain notices claiming drought in California I minimized my water usage and probably use about one tenth of what I used three years ago. However, by reading the above article I may make a course correction with my response to the "drought". Especially when I realize that there is a water war happening and that the central valley farmers are under attack! That gets my "goat"!
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