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Parched West Depleting Underground Water

Posted by feww on July 25, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING TEMPERATURES
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
.

‘We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking’

Researchers say more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin came from underground resources, starting late 2004.

They are now admitting that the extent of groundwater loss poses a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

Underground water stores in the West have receded at an alarming rate worsening drought that has scorched multiple states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast.

“Monthly measurements in the change in water mass from December 2004 to November 2013 revealed the basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet (65 cubic kilometers) of freshwater. That’s almost double the volume of the nation’s largest reservoir, Nevada’s Lake Mead. More than three-quarters of the total—about 41 million acre feet (50 cubic kilometers)—was from groundwater,” according to the report.

“We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

The Colorado River

The Colorado River is the only major river in the southwestern United States. Its basin supplies water to more than 40 million people in 7 states, and irrigates at least four million acres of farmland.

Most of the reduction has been recorded in the Lower Colorado River Basin.

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty – with the critical phase occurring by as early as 2011.

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered/censored by Google, WordPress and rest of the Internet Mafia. Editor]

California State Resources

California Data Exchange Center – Reservoirs

Conditions for 6 Largest Reservoirs: 23-Jul-2014 (Report Generated: 25-Jul-2014 4:06 AM)

Lake Shasta –

  • Current Storage: 1,644,468 AF
  • 36% of Total Capacity
  • 49% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 4,552,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 3,341,319 AF)

Lake Oroville –

  • Current Storage: 1,303,267 AF
  • 37% of Total Capacity
  • 49% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 3,537,577 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 24: 2,648,645 AF)

Trinity Lake –

  • Current Storage: 913,231 AF
  • 37% of Total Capacity
  • 46% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,447,650 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,987,858 AF)

New Melones –

  • Current Storage: 647,861 AF
  • 27% of Total Capacity
  • 44% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,400,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,483,900 AF)

San Luis –

  • Current Storage: 498,632 AF
  • 24% of Total Capacity
  • 46% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,041,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,072,891 AF)

Don Pedro –

  • Current Storage: 926,110 AF
  • 46% of Total Capacity
  • 59% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,030,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,565,879 AF)

California Drought Disasters

 

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