Hopeful Suggestions for California’s Current Drought & Water Calamity: Maps, Photos

I’m quite sure there are many brilliant people in California who have been screaming from the rafters for at least 4-5 years that this current calamity could have been avoided, had there been the political will long ago in Sacramento to harvest rainwater during deluge seasons, and to build large state-of-the-art seawater DE-salinization plants along the coast, piping the newly purified fresh water inland to starving fields and cities. I’m quite sure there are buried news stories of what happened to these brilliant farseeing people who had the insight 5-10 years ago to beg local and state government to begin setting aside funds for the building of these facilities, whose construction is not rocket science, after all.

With a near infinite Pacific ocean flanking her western shore, California need not be starved for DE-salinated fresh water. What California is apparently starving for instead is fundamental fiscal common sense, scientific will power, and the political gumption to have solved it’s water problems BEFORE such a dire state of emergency was reached. But under such circumstances you do not get a DO-OVER.

What California can do NOW, immediately, with blistering urgency, is to pass measures which will raise funds to begin building massive rainwater harvesting facilities, new pipelines from same into water starved cities, elect a water CZAR whose term of service is at least 8 years and begin building saltwater desalinization plants with all prerequisite haste required to NOT be soon forced to drink recycled sewage water. For God’s sake, get busy NOW. If it means taxing the uber-rich in southern California, then do it. Else you will soon have an exodus of biblical proportions on your hands which will erode the state’s tax base to the point where the inevitable downward cycle of diminishing returns cripples California in a more permanent fashion. Once they leave they are not coming back [ your people, including the uber-rich and their fortunes ]. Levy a water tax on the upper income people to build the plants needed to save the state. There is no reason this cannot be done now – this year – in the next 6 months. Garner the gumption and political will and roll up your sleeves.

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7 thoughts on “Hopeful Suggestions for California’s Current Drought & Water Calamity: Maps, Photos

  1. The uber rich don’t need to be taxed more in California, it’s bad enough for them already. Having lived in California for 20 years I left because of over taxation and over regulation.

    California doesn’t have a water problem, as much as a population problem, aka, from the Mexican border. The amount of money spent on non-citizens in the areas such as incarceration, SNAP and Labor and Delivery care for anchor babies, ER care for non-citizens, is well into the billions. 66% of all live births in LA county are to undocumented aliens.

    California voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 187 and a federal judge whacked it down the next day. Anytime the voters try to rein in these benefits, the liberal loons scream racism and everyone backs down. California did this to themselves. Nothing short of massive deportation of all illegal aliens and the stoppage of all benefits, along with stoppage of the massive waste and fraud in Sacramento will help the problem.

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    • I have no argument with your commentary, and I tend to agree. But California overwhelmingly helped to elect uber-liberal Barack Obama and now they have to live with his horrendous open-borders policy like we all do. The only way the water issue can be solved is by taxing the rich. When they revolt and leave in huge numbers, then Gov Brown will do the next thing, whatever he perceives that to be. I do not think the rich are “over-taxed” in California. As long as they can pay $30,000 for a handbag, and $150,000 for a car, they are doing just fine.

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      • Part of my opinion on this topic comes from a period years back when I lived in the region of Lake Oroville, north of Sacramento, which at the time in early 2009 was only 10% below it’s normal seasonal levels. The locals I got to know, who had all grown up around the Lake Oroville reservoir, told me a jaw dropping story of how so many millions of cubic feet of water from the reservoir must be piped down to LA and into Orange County annually to help keep the lawns of the movie stars green and perfect. These people were not kidding. They were so far beyond irate over – even back then – I was taken aback. Imagine how they feel now. Google some images of what Lake Oroville looks like in 2015. 90% of the water in the lake is gone. It’s an environmental disaster on a scale I have not ever seen, ever. I say we make these people who drained this lake to keep their lawns green so they could sit beside their pools and tan, pay for the new water plants that will be needed to keep California from becoming a ghetto like Detroit. Just my opinion. Thanks for weighing in.

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  2. reaching out here… i have a very real possible solution, not sure where to go with it. 80% of the water used in California goes to agriculture. The main reason this number is so large is not because the crops hold onto all that water, but because of something called transpiration. This is an essential part of the photosynthetic process, as well as how the plant cools itself. Essentially it is controlled evaporation from the leaf surface through a structure called a stomata. The issue here is that 99-99.5% of the water consumed by the plant is lost by transpiration to the atmosphere, but it doesn’t have to be! this water can be recaptured and re-used, effectively reducing agricultural water demands by up to 99.5%!! this one act could reduce California’s water consumption to just over 20% of it’s current level while simultaneously ensuring food security! I am currently using a system in my yard that i put together that does just this. I am not looking to gain anything out of this, but i do feel i can help. However, I live in British Columbia, Canada and as such don’t really know who to turn to. Any suggestions?

    Cheers!

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    • Hi, My suggestion would be for you to do a little internet research and locate the very top agricultural organizations in California who have the financial and political clout to make some changes, then present your information to them. Go directly to the top farmers and other large agricultural concerns and begin there. And keep us posted on what comes of it. I would like to follow this experiment in “more intelligent farming.” – Leigh

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