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Images of the Day: California Drought & Folsom Lake

Posted by feww on February 4, 2009

Desertification of California Continues


Folsom Lake’s water level is way down; mandatory conservation efforts are likely soon. Meanwhile, Sacramento has been criticized for its water gluttony: The city’s per capita water use, at 278 gallons per day, is double the state average. Many residents falsely assume water simply flows back into local rivers. Not true, says the data. Photo: AUTUMN CRUZ/ Sacramento Bee. Image may be subject to copyright.

Sacramento received only 1.5 inches of rain in January, compared with the historical average of 4.2 inches, the National Weather Service said.


US Seasonal Drought Outlook – Source NOAA/ NWS Climate Prediction Center

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3 Responses to “Images of the Day: California Drought & Folsom Lake”

  1. Feeding Farmers to the Fish!

    I took a drive this week from Sacramento to Los Angeles, and had an eye opening experience. Down the entire length of the 5 freeway, we saw not the green luscious fields of produce or green orchards laden with fruit, but dusty dead and dying orchards. Rows after row, acre after acre, miles after mile of them, perfectly formed, perfectly helpless….lifeless.

    By way of explanation, these signs dotted the dusty dry roadside: “Congress Created Dust Bowl. Thank You Sacramento!”

    My lawn is green. My kids have plenty of water to spray in the yard, yet California’s orchards aren’t getting a drop this year despite the best rainfall in three years and five reservoirs filled to over capacity.

    There’s no doubt that we’re in a drought, but why the sudden drop in water availability only for farmers? Are the politicians in Sacramento more concerned about the plethora of city votes than the small handful of agricultural ones? We will all be paying for Sacramento’s blunder. The Central Valley provides up to 8% of the nation’s fresh produce.

    Watching the staggering waste just made my heart ache. We had to pull over and take pictures. The contrast with past green was stark—it takes 30 years to build an orchard like this up to full production! Almonds, walnuts, citrus… Why do we have green lawns while these resources are left to die?

    Dead and Dying–California’s Central Valley Dust Bowl
    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/dead-and-dying-californias-central-valley-dust-bowl/

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  3. feww said

    UPDATE:
    California farms lose main water source to drought
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s main source of irrigation water is expected to go dry this year for most of its growers due to drought, idling at least 60,000 workers and up to 1 million acres of farmland, federal officials and experts said on Friday.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE51J6MO20090220

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