Drought in California

So apparently there is a drought in my home state. Has been one there since the spring. Who knew? Not me, I’m embarassed to admit. Arnold told us there wasa  phase 1 droought. I must have been too busy to hear that. Or it was such a small news item at the time that it didn’t get any kind of coverage. It might explain those fires that destroyed Butte County over the summer, though.

Drought is nothing new to California. Like wildfires and rockslides in Yosemite it is something the state has to deal with on a regular basis. But, as with the fires and rocks, we always seem to be surprised and unready for them. It’s a silly cycle:

Drought is declared, there is panic from those in charge (and those not in charge), and a scramble to somehow get more water for the state. Drought policies, water rationing, those small water glasses at restaurants all take affect. And then we wait it out because really, there’s nothing else to do.

I mean we could start saving water. Storing it for times of crisis–like when there is a phase one drought (that means the State is looking at 1-3 years of drought by the way) or worse. I know, hoarding water sounds crazy, and greedy, but it really isn’t. I mean, if the State of California has stored some water, hoarded it, maybe they would have the water to overcome this drought in 1-3 months instead of 1-3 years.

And what if it gets worse?

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One comment on “Drought in California

  1. JollyRoger says:

    It’ll get worse. The whole of southern California is an artificial environment, made possible by the importation of water from other areas. As THOSE areas are now entering a phase of prolonged drought (not unusual in the history of the West,) the artificial environment of southern California is going to be harder and harder to maintain. Something has to give, and something will.

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