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California’s Water Crisis – Get Out While You Can

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Groundwater records should not be kept confidential in drought-stricken California

Imagine having two bank accounts with money for your everyday needs, only one of them – the one you draw from when the primary account runs low – is a virtual black box. You really have no idea what the balance is, and there is no record of deposits and withdrawals.

This is how water is managed in California, with 38mn people and the world’s eighth largest economy. In years of “normal” precipitation, the semi-arid state gets most of its water supply from winter rain and spring snowmelt. However, when this “primary account” of surface water supply dwindles during droughts, farms and communities rely heavily on a mystery account called groundwater, which truly is out of sight and, unfortunately, out of mind.

Few people have information about the underground stores that provide up to 60% of the state’s water supply during droughts, including water to about 600,000 relatively shallow domestic wells, located mostly in rural areas.

State records that provide information needed to characterize groundwater aquifers are kept confidential under a 64-year-old law that considers them proprietary to well drillers. Known as well logs, the records contain data that is public in every other western state – details such as where wells are located, their depth, potential pumping rates, diameter and descriptions of the groundwater-bearing sediments and rocks they are bored through…”

Get out of California while you still can! It will be America’s first “failed State” very, very soon. I am talking to all my CollapseNet friends, family and subscribers here, and I mean every word. Thirty-nine million people surrounded by hundreds of miles of mostly uninhabitable desert…think on that for a while, but not too long. Get your plans in place and put them in action, because this is very real and it is happening right now, albeit in what appears to be slow-motion. That will change faster every week that goes past.

If you live in California, especially in SoCal, you need to pack your shit and move while there are still enough idiots left to buy your property!

I love California, but its fate cannot be more clear. The entire continent and world economy WILL be impacted hard by California’s drawdown (or die-off, if you prefer), but if you live there right now, this is a matter of imminent survival within the coming months.

California will be the world’s most massive demonstration of climate refugees, occurring in the wealthiest and most industrialized nation, but one that STILL HAS NO MEANS to absorb even a significant fraction of the people who are and will be displaced by Liebig’s Law of the Minimum (here, water) from California in the immediate future.

Mother Nature always bats last, hits hardest, and wins.

Anybody have a better plan than to GTFO? Your government doesn’t have one, that’s for certain… – Wes

See also:

California has about one year of water stored. Will you ration now?

The amount of water it takes to grow almonds in California is BANANAS 

Water use in California is a hot topic of debate as the state continues its fourth year of drought.

And there’s some question as to whether California is misallocating the water that it does have.

Here’s a tidbit, from Mother Jones via Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok:

…agriculture uses 80% of the water in California but accounts for less than 2% of the economy. So how much water does almond production alone use? More water is used in almond production than is used by all the residents and businesses of San Francisco and Los Angeles combined.

It’s important to note that California produces a huge chunk of the produce consumed in the United States. Presumably having food on the table is vastly more important to society than it would seem if you just look at it from a percentage-of-the-economy perspective.

But what about the almonds in particular? It takes a disproportionate amount of water to grow them versus other crops…”

Fuck. Just as we are getting ready to say “goodbye” to the fish, here goes another staple for us folks with food allergies.

Not to mention the gigantic freaking canary that is dead on our living room floor, staring at us with rotting eyes… –

-Wes, CollapseNet

157 Comments on "California’s Water Crisis – Get Out While You Can"

  1. Whitty on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 9:47 pm 

    Well, so you’re telling me that if we didn’t have 20 millions extra gallons being drank per day per person, 20 millions baths being taken per day, 20 millions extra lawns being waters weekly and approx. 4 million pot plants in our National Parks being waters daily, we would have a water shortage? What is going thru you head besides fantasy?

  2. Whitty on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 9:56 pm 

    Nony, 1990, that was 25 years ago. Do you know how many has entered in 25 years and how the population has grown since then, check the population in 1990 and check it now!

  3. William Waterway on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 9:56 pm 

    California’s Agua

    times of drought are now upon us
    a drink of water is all you ask
    your neighbor yells and makes a fuss
    pulls out a gun and takes you to task

    real estate values begin to decline
    migration to wet areas increases
    people stuck in prison of their design
    stuck in hell as water decreases

    migrant farm workers fear the worst
    we see precious water wasted all around
    those with old claims got there first
    own the water deep beneath the ground

    loss of jobs as many farms shut down
    violent crime rises in many a town
    Gerry Brown’s face wears a long frown
    clean river waters are all turning brown

    what to do? is the question I ask you
    what will you do for self and family?
    will you pack you bags to begin anew?
    or, will you wait for coming tragedy?

    you cannot live for more than three days
    without water to quench your thirst
    they say when it comes to dying
    dying of thirst is certainly the worst

  4. Mike H on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:02 pm 

    The easiest solution is to raise the price of water to a point where demand is reduced to supply. Farmers wouldn’t grow water-intensive crops if they had to pay fair market rates for water. Also, people would use a lot less water if the price were, say, quadrupled. Money raised could be used to lower tax rates generally. People would adapt and survive.

  5. Apneaman on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:08 pm 

    Let me tell all you fucking morons who have slithered your way over here from who knows where…the drought ain’t going to end in your lifetime or your kids lifetimes or your grand kids lifetimes and on and on. El Nino will make no difference either, except to cause a shit load of mud slides.

  6. tk on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:21 pm 

    6.Gallow humor
    (revised after Guy McPherson)

    At least I found the root cause that led humankind to this point:
    Although many won’t understand it!

    And now we are circling the drain!
    And circles get faster and faster…

  7. Alfred E. Neuman on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:26 pm 

    If we can build a pipeline to bring oil from the Canadian border all the way to the Gulf of Mexico we can build a pipeline to bring water from the Mississippi to California. Or for a less expensive option, from Oregon and Washington State into California with Oregon and WA being well paid for their water to the point those states would not have to charge sales tax to their residents.

    Certain agricultural practices have been unfeasible and unwise in California. California should NOT be growing rice, for example…

    The drought is a drought – It’s not permanent. There is no such thing as global warming. It’s cyclical and nothing that hasn’t happened before.

    Floods will happen again and the status of most of the berms and levies are a joke in CA.

  8. tk on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:34 pm 

    The prominent optimism bias among the human species has assured its rise and its own destruction!

    Irony defined!

  9. Speculawyer on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 11:41 pm 

    Whitty, you seem more than a bit racist. Those immigrants are paying water bills and thus paying for their share of water. So I’m not sure why you blame them. Sure, they are not legally here but they are paying for their water just like everyone else so it is not like it matters if you are here legally or not that matters, it matters that you pay your water bill and conserve water. And they are not likely the people with the huge lawns, farms, and golf courses.

    Blame the climate, the weather, the water-wasters, and the bad policies.

    But as I’ve said many times, this can be solve in a couple minutes by making the farmers pay the same price for water that the residences do. The problem will be instantly solved. (And the California produce market will crash.)

  10. Russell on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 12:31 am 

    I am surprised that it appears no one has thought of taking ocean water putting it in tanker trucks, taking it to a desalination plant then taking it to the reservoirs that need it. For crying out loud they are right next to the Pacific Ocean-a prime source of the resource they so desperately need. Has anyone in Cali even suggested this idea?

  11. Davy on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 7:32 am 

    Geeze, when the California crowd shows up it is a friggen festival. Some of you guys left your brain in California when you came over here. First you folks that want to solve this by supply you are the most deluded. More supply is not the answer nor is it possible. You Californian people are your own worst enemy. Start being responsible with water. Quit mismanaging it. Stop your development and make efforts to discourage population growth. It is obvious you have broke through your carrying capacity envelope even before this drought.

    Supply of water to California is like technology to BAU it is what got you in this situation in the first place. You can’t solve overshoot with more supply. You can’t afford desal on the scale needed. You are already broke as a state. The economics of desal only work with other low cost sources mitigating the high price. The environmental issues of a huge build out of desal is daunting. You do realize there is a nasty effluent resulting from desal. Some of you obviously don’t.

    Don’t expect pipelines to save you. You can’t afford them and the amount of them needed is entirely too large. Don’t expect other states to give you water. We have our own water issues in the Midwest without giving you greedy Californians water. I will personally start an anti-Californian water grab group. Get that shit out of your mind boys.

    What you have to do is rearrange your whole farming situation. Look to what the real problem is and that is farming. Gone are the high value energy/water intensive AG in is the micro managed irrigated variety for example like Israel. Your profitability is going to drop drastically. Out is raising cattle in California at the scale done now as another example of many poor AG practices. California will have to be a variable AG export state depending on if there is any rain. The remaining AG in the state needs to go permaculture for local needs. This permaculture needs to treat water like gold.

    The rest of the country and the world will feel this change because food is a semi-global commodity. Food prices rise and food insecurity increase as productivity and supply drop. That is basic reality and Econ 101. The rest of the country does not need all the exotics out of California. We can do without the all-you-can-pork in your mouth salad bars frequented by walking wales. We will have to start having gardens if you want salad and strawberries. We will have to enjoy these thing seasonal. Sure we have Florida and Mexico but they do not have enough to compensate. Besides the same AGW and water stress is affecting them.

    This is not a NOo wait for the rains deal either. Sure a wet spell might show up and it might not. NOoster you sound like the iddiots in the Dust Bowl documentaries preaching the rain will return like a preacher preaching the imminent rapture. AGW is just ramping up and this is a taste of it for the whole country.

    Get a grip folks this BAUtopianism descent applies to oil, food, and water. Less now with even more-less in the future. More-less is a bad shit folks. BAUtopianism dies on more-less and hopium wilts and withers. Get a grip Californians and except you are on the front line of collapse. Your world will fly apart and the rest of country will be waiting to follow. Try to be a good example and not a wrong example.

  12. Whitty on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 8:53 am 

    WRONG AGAIN! No way am I racist at all, I’m just telling the truth on why we are running out of water and other resources. It is pure consumption verses on hand quantity. You can’t continue to consume more and expect the on hand quantity to just appear out of thin air, sure they are paying there water bill but that does not make more appear. California has only enough water for about 18-19 million. It wouldn’t matter if the illegal people came from Mars or Venus, we still wouldn’t have enough water to go around. I am no way racist, people always try to play the race card when facts are on the table. Think racist, hell! we have kick the blacks people Butts for 400+ years and we are still hating on them when they should be hating us for treating them like crap, when they contributed to the nice life style you live today for free, why would you hate someone who worked for you for free for darn near 250 years and never got compensated to this day , now some people would call that a racist comment but that a true fact. When it comes to truth and facts no one seems to see things very clearly because they were not affected by it. just admit it, it’s just a true fact that they have come over here it happen to be from Mexico it could have been Mars and took over and use the heck out of the water and others resources, we can’t change that by pretending it’s racist. It a water shortage not racist.
    for once get you head out of your you know what and look at facts and truth, when you see things from a liars, cheating perspective for so long you begin to live it and believe it, it’s look right to you even if’s it’s %100 wrong, that’s a fact. It a water shortage from too much usage verses on hand quantity! wasted or other wise!

  13. GregT on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 8:55 am 

    Back to the title of this article. Full circle.

    Get out while you can people. There will be no fix.

  14. Davy on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 9:12 am 

    Greg, that might not be good advice from your POV. These Cali-cats are going to want to move up your way. You ready for a modern day OKee-rush?

  15. Kenz300 on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 9:35 am 

    Coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas power plants all use lots of water to generate electricity.

    Wind and solar — not so much………..

    Safer, cleaner and cheaper electricity generation all while conserving water resources……. sounds like a WINNER………….

  16. Megan 2.0 on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 2:13 pm 

    Dear California,

    You cannot have our water — we don’t have enough for you.

    Love, Oregon

    P.S. Please don’t move here. We already have water shortages and an influx of people would be devastating to our region.

  17. Kenz300 on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 2:34 pm 

    Too many people and too few resources……..

    Sounds like a reason for family planning.

    Endless population growth is not sustainable.

    Around the world we can find a food crisis, a water crisis, a declining fish stocks crisis, a Climate Change crisis, an unemployment crisis and an OVER POPULATION crisis.


    Wrap it up……. get it snipped……

    Birth Control Permanent Methods: Learn About Effectiveness

  18. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:23 pm 

    California drought goes from bad to worse as state grapples with heat wave

    Experts say fix requires global effort going into an era of climate change in which ‘the temperature is essentially always conducive to drought’

  19. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:24 pm 

    Bark beetles ravaging drought-stricken forests in California

  20. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:27 pm 

    Oregon waits — and hopes — for more precipitation
    Forecasters say we’re likely in for third year of high fire danger
    A historically warm winter has Oregon facing its fourth straight year of drought, prompting worry that the extended warm spell fueling California’s statewide water crisis is about to hit Oregon.

  21. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:28 pm 

    Why Minnesotans should care about the California drought in 2 startling infographics

  22. JOE on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:46 pm 

    Those illegals you thought it was ok to have in your state you are now finding out that there is not enough pie to go around………….what took you so long to figure this out…………..
    these illegals do not love America and are just taking advantage and eating away your and your children and grand children pie. Will you stave for them??
    It sure looks like you will…………
    the pie is getting smaller and smaller.
    America can not support all of these illegals and you too……….who has to go you or them?????? It’s time to decide……………..

  23. JOE on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:54 pm 

    Speculawyer those illegal immigrants don’t belong here and should not be using the water they need to go back to south America where they belong and use the water there………This is just not about paying for the water it is about survival…………

  24. JOE on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 4:59 pm 

    You made your bed now lie in it with Illegals and die of thirst.

  25. JOE on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 5:01 pm 

    Dark people don’t care and don’t understand the economics of having too many children that they can not feed.

  26. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 5:15 pm 

    C’mon Joe admit it……you love that big black cock…don’t cha?

  27. Apneaman on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 5:17 pm 

    Joe, I think Tom Lewis is talking about your kind in this one.

    The Theory of Everything Stupid

  28. ghung on Mon, 30th Mar 2015 7:04 pm 

    Unless JOE is of 100% Native American ancestry (assuming he lives in the Americas) he’s an illegal immigrant. Of course he thinks there’s some kind of statute-of-limitations on massive land-grabs-by-force and near extermination of multiple tribes who’ve been here for thousands of years. He needs to remember that his people weren’t invited either. It’s a’holes like this that will get us all killed.

  29. Billy on Tue, 31st Mar 2015 10:20 am 

    Lets build a water pipeline from Oregons Columbia River to Lake Shasta, If a 800 mile oil pipeline in Alaska is working, then a water pipeline is simple, The OR-CAL pipeline, Then put Dams in along the SAC River to control the water better,, water treatment plants from the river for Drinking,, or CA has a lot of ocean water, treatment plants into fresh water!!! Stop talking about the problem and let’s fix it!!

  30. Kit on Wed, 1st Apr 2015 12:52 pm 

    Personally, my usage at home is only flushing the toilet. I’ve learned to brush my teeth with a toothbrush dipped in hydrogen peroxide, then lots of spitting to avoid swallowing any of it. Facial cream and cotton balls to wash face. Skirts and no underwear means freedom from laundry. Sleeping on leather takes care of no sheets. Windows all closed for a warm room, all open for cooling (natural air conditioning). And no, my true friends would be truthful with me if I smelled bad.
    I’ve also discovered that one shower per week (at the gym) is adequate. No car, TV, cable or cell phone. But my life is full, fun, and meaningful

  31. Rt777 on Sat, 4th Apr 2015 5:17 pm 

    Japan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries have invested in Desalination Plants. Carlsbad saw this coming and has launch a plant. But the rest of California just wants to bury their heads in the sand. There is no shortage of water on our planted. We just need to plan. We lost millions of gallons of rain water this past winter because we just don’t plan past our noses. I don’t want to live in a desert. I like my lawn. I like my trees, and flowers. I like to have a bath. If I wanted to live in a third world, I wouldn’t be and would not be paying 39% in taxes. We need a long term sustainable solution, and storage plans – not some dumb ass rail to vegas. There are floods in many states with excess water. We need a water grid much like our electrical grid that can direct water where it is needed. We just need to stop thinking small. Stop spending money on prisons, and drug wars and start solving problems that effect the majority. Just a little rant. Sorry. Anybody know if there are any good sushi joints in Austin? (oh forget to mention – Santa Barbara has a desalination plant that has been ideal for a decade and a half… ugh!)

  32. Rt777 on Sat, 4th Apr 2015 5:18 pm 

    Okay – oops I had way too many typos and can’t edit. That is what I get for rant typing! LOL Sorry

  33. maj on Tue, 7th Apr 2015 1:01 pm 

    The State of California, backed by FEMA, will need to make a decision very soon: do we save the CA farmland, or do we save the people living in CA?

    It seems the decision has been made to save the farmland.

    Californians are expecting Obama to save them. He won’t. He’ll leave you high and dry. The state government will also forsake the population and will wait until the last minute to act. The coming water loss will be a disaster 10X bigger than Hurricane Katrina.

    Don’t expect Oregonians to pipe water from the Columbia River to California when you waste water on Almond farms so the vegans can have their precious Almond milk! Plant something less water intensive and demonstrate that you can conserve as well as Oregonians already do. You’re wasteful people.

    Portlanders will never allow water to be piped out of the Columbia for you and neither will the tribes who have much of the water rights there. Besides, it would kill the salmon. The liberals in Portland will value the lives of fish more than the lives Californians because they’re liberals. They learned it from you, by the way. Thank Hollywood.

    Anywhere in Jefferson State is already in a drought and can’t accommodate additional people. Besides … they don’t like you.

    Oregon could accommodate maybe a million more people. That’s it. 30 million will need to relocate. See the problem?

    California has stolen water from Utah and Nevada already and you won’t be welcome there.

    If I were living in California, I’d leave now, before there is no more tap water and no more pop or energy drinks available at the grocery store. I wouldn’t want to be there when the wells run dry because the Oregon citizens may close off I-5 and 97 when the crazies flock North.

    I’d leave now before the word “Californian” becomes a really bad word. A non-drought state would be best, such as Washington State, Upstate New York.

  34. maj on Tue, 7th Apr 2015 1:56 pm 

    I also must say that I’m a Tea Party Republican BUT I’m green. I believe in saving the Earth. We have a greenhouse in an arid climate that is very nearly self-sufficient. We harvest rainwater off the greenhouse to feed the plants. We take water out of the barrel, put in jugs, stick in the greenhouse during the Winter. Sunlight heats the water and so during the early part of the grow season, the water radiates heat at night and keeps the plants from freezing.

    We also have a gravel floor in the greenhouse that radiates heat at night.

    We’re learning hydroponic gardening and WOW. Now THAT is water efficient. Look up Aerogardens. They are getting better and better and now use LEDs.

    We’re gonna put in a Tilapia barrel and maybe do aquaponics. We can eat the tilipia and the lettuce that feeds off the fish poop. Water comes from the roof. In our state, harvesting water from roof is free game.

    We haven’t gone so far as to get chickens yet. They poop ALL OVER THE PLACE and their feed attracts rats. I’m not so sure. My brother has them. They make a mess. Plus, we live in the city. If you want them to lay they pretty much have to free range and that means they’ll eat my veggies and poop all over.

    Living in an arid environment, we use hugulkultur beds that retain moisture and require LESS water than conventional gardening.

    So … Republican or Democrat … Far left or far right … it’s ALL our fault and up to us to fix.

    Having knowledge of alternative energy and conservation, I’m so far NOT impressed with Californian’s attitudes concerning the issue (I lived there for a year last year) and NOT impressed with the slow response of the government to this looming crisis.

    If they expect help from their neighbors up North, they have to grow up and stop acting like a state full of clueless “valley girls.”

  35. J. George on Sun, 12th Apr 2015 1:47 pm 

    I don’t live in CA or surrounding states but do have a few relatives in CA and worry about them. I know they don’t want to leave or plan to leave anytime soon. I can’t get a straight answer from anyone so I’ll ask here.

    Since rainy season is over for the next (at least) 6 months AND wildfire season is right around the corner, does anyone know how this unfortunate combination will be handled, given the water crisis/shortage?

    Putting out those CA wildfires uses allot of water and sometimes there are several fires spread out for miles, going on all at once. They put one massive fire out and another spreads/starts up elsewhere.

    Has this been addressed or has this been swept under the rug as well– anyone here know?

  36. Dave on Wed, 15th Apr 2015 10:25 am 

    It usually takes a crises to prompt action. Given the economic size and power CA has. You can bet on a technical solution. Money will be found services will be cut and prices will rise. Desalinization, pipelines and the current rules that inhibit the efficient production of plants can only be overcome with a crises. With political folks everything even sacred cows are subjective when the winds of a crises loom.

  37. Agua on Fri, 17th Apr 2015 12:15 am 

    The value of the Dollar has very little value any longer. It takes many more dollars to pay for something that you purchased today than what you had purchased since the day we were all born. The value of the dollar will not be able to keep up with the costs of water. Water is the property of the banks since you cannot live and/or eat in a civil society without it. 80% of Agriculture uses 80% of our water in California. Yet, accounts for less than 2% of the economy. 11% of that water is for human use. Go figure. At some point, those percentages will need to be fairly converted to (lets say) 50% for agriculture and 50% for humans? I am not a big fan of eggplants or almonds. Instead, I believe the health and welfare for my family would be much better off with an ice cold glass of water. My pocket book, too!!!!!

  38. Larry Miller on Fri, 17th Apr 2015 10:07 pm 

    You can lay all of the blame on California Democrats who for decades force fed shit like multi-ethnicity, encouraged beaners to jump our borders and get on the California gravy train which rewarded their criminality with free room, board, schooling, free f’ng drivers licenses, and what do we get in return? High crime, high incarceration rates for chicanos, all because Dumbocrats made a career of pandering to anybody nonwhite for their vote over the past 75 years. The current crop and their predecessor scumbag leaders caused this draught because of their emphasis on pandering for the illegal vote. This is treason, pure and simple and we all know what the penalty for treason is.

  39. apneaman on Fri, 17th Apr 2015 10:40 pm 

    What’s the penalty for stupidity, Larry?
    I mean other than having to spend your life with yourself.

  40. Agroforestry Design, LLC on Wed, 6th May 2015 8:39 pm 

    Peak water = Peak food If it doesn’t rain.
    Jade helm…
    Great potential for scarcity mindset and hording, but that is was caused the problem.
    Look to the feral children of Brazil who have live wild sneaking scraps from the cities. The oldest scavenges food and then passes it around with each child taking a bite–the eldest child eating last. The children need to become the leaders.
    Lots of info about low input/low effort permaculture and agroforestry at
    As a doomsteader, I don’t use any outside inputs like dolomite lime, fossil fuels, or fertilizers. I biotill, biofertilize, bioterrace, and biomulch and really the succession based agroforestry model does most of the work.
    “What you need is there” is the mindset that creates the space for perennial abundance.

  41. Tom Eichler on Sun, 14th Jun 2015 4:55 pm 

    Almonds? Pistachios? Water (cough cough)”Bank”….
    wake up and learn something…
    You can stop eating Almonds if that makes you think you’re smart or if it makes you feel better, but that won’t change a thing. The Almonds are EXPORTED, but the MONEY goes into the RESNICK’S pockets: Roll Global, Paramount Farming, Paramount Farms, Paramount Citrus, Kern Water Bank…
    They are Billionaires, they OWN California…if you don’t like it, go ahead and leave, since under all of our very own noses they virtually have taken ownership of the water too. How do you like ‘dem Almonds?

  42. Larry Beach on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 7:27 am 

    Using drinking water for everything including Flushing toilets is a problem!
    We also don’t need 20 minute showers, and running water for 2 minutes to get a cool 12 oz glass of water…..
    Neighborhood housing committees requiring
    Green Lush lawns should be stopped.

  43. SteveO on Tue, 30th Jun 2015 10:51 pm 

    It seems to me that the majority of comments here have some grain of truth in them but are largely in error.

    Clearly there has been catastrophic governmental mismanagement…and what government doesn’t mismanage resources ???
    But let’s put all that aside and look for a solution….oh I know, look what technology and innovation has accomplished in Spain (Google- The Greenhouses of Almeria).Almeria Spain has turned an arid climate which previously produced very little to no agriculture resources and now it produces the majority of Europe’s fruits and vegetables and earns BILLIONS in doing so !

    If California followed in Spain’s footsteps we could grow the same amount of crops using a fraction of the water and enable the balance of water usage to meet the needs of everyone 🙂

    Sadly it took Spain nearly 35 Years to get to this point but you gotta start sometime and this seems as good a time as any !

  44. GregT on Wed, 1st Jul 2015 12:42 am 

    Concern on continent as heatwave set to drive temperatures beyond 40C

    “Several European governments have issued weather warnings as a heatwave sweeping through Portugal, Spain and France pushes temperatures above 40C (104F), raising concerns for elderly people and children.”

    ““These are not usual meteorological phenomena, [they are] of an exceptional intensity and with a very high level of risk for the population,” a spokesman for Spain’s national weather office said.”

    The error SteveO, is that us human beings believe that we are capable of “managing” the environment with technology and innovation. The Earth could give a rats ass about human “management”. We either stop trying to “manage” the Earth, and live within the confines of the natural ecosystems that we are all a part of, or the Earth is going to “manage” us out of here. Permanently.

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  46. Cassie on Wed, 1st Jul 2015 1:59 am 

    Some I know would oppose water from Washington to California physically; so they say. I think it is too late for a pipeline solution.

    The weather patterns will play out as they will now, and the timeline is not long.

  47. Davy on Wed, 1st Jul 2015 3:15 am 

    Cassie, the size of the water resource movement needed is prohibitively large in scale of investment and the time needed. Other regions are also facing water issues with the whole country facing a shrinking pie? This is clearly a limits of growth issues with California. California has reached the point where it must degrowth with population and consumption. This of course will be resisted to the bitter end.

    Degrowth is equivalent to embracing recession. That descent embrace is anathema to our cultural meme of growth. California has always been on the leading edge of change in our growth years of the twentieth century. I am curious how well they can embrace descent and what the results will be. California will be the US experiment with descent.

    The US economy will not be able to survive this and grow in the normal sense. This is likewise the case globally because California is just one of several locations in the same water predicament. This has the knock on effect of global food supply reductions. This will be all of our degrowth but it will initially be California’s descent.

    Water shortages at these levels cannot be viewed in any other way. This is part of the end game of growth. If this were not enough we have multiple other problems and predicaments we are falling behind with all the while population grows and consumption tries to grow.

    We are in the vicinity of descent but time frame is unpredictable. Just being in the vicinity of descent is enough to initiate descent. My meaning here is poor policy and actions cause much more damage than otherwise would have occurred in a stable economic and ecological environment like the last few decades of the 20th century. As we approach ever higher marginal utility of actions we must invest properly and avoiding waste and creating further problems.

    We are not investing wisely because we are trying to grow unreasonably in poor ways. We must grow or die but this growth now must be smart and responsible. To have smart and responsible growth it must embrace descent. That sounds paradoxical because it. We are in a paradoxical world of catch 22’s where our actions are digging our hole deeper. Our growth must stop digging the hole deeper if anything it must completely focus on mitigation and adaptation.

  48. Cassie on Wed, 1st Jul 2015 8:56 am 

    We cannot invest wisely unless we do so in a coordinated fashion; we will not do so willingly because of the perception of individual disadvantage, which threatens my children.

    We are hard wired to take a cut for ourselves and our children before we give a cut to the tribe over the hills in the swamp. They won’t invest it like we would because they are not us, and it is our resource.

    Coordinated planned effort is demonized as communist or socialist (here in the US), until convenient for the chaotically interacting “powers-that-be” to gain more concentrations of wealth for their primary actors.

    Translation: in the face of resource contraction or loss, those who have the tools to concentrate wealth will still use them, even as we go down in flames, and the likelihood of meaningful cooperation which supports the many is very low.

    The richer you are the more the likelihood you are either a sociopath or a functional psychopath; this is not a profile for cooperative future building.

    Consider any international relationship – polite when growth is on, and baring some teeth as the pie gets sliced and diced.

    Little bites can turn into conflagrations, and likely will.

    Migrants? They will not be tolerated as soon as the impact crosses the “hey, that’s MY pie!” line. Almost there….

    Fortunately, I am an optimist. The earth abides.

  49. ghung on Wed, 1st Jul 2015 9:02 am 

    @ SteveO- The technical term for these greenhouses is ‘hightunnel’; some sort of support structure covered with plastic, generally passive solar growing as opposed to full climate control for a greenhouse. These things can, indeed, help increase production dramatically while reducing water use and pests/disease. I put the plastic on our new hightunnel Sunday and when I went into it Monday morning it was ‘raining’ inside from the condensed moisture, and I haven’t even planted yet.

    The flip side is that too much of a good thing (as in Almeria) causes problems, as always:

    Overuse of pesticides and water, along with the waste streams produced, are taking a toll on the Almeria area. Seems the goldrush mentality applies to any profitable process humans take to extremes.

  50. Vicki on Mon, 23rd Nov 2015 1:24 am 

    Here is a good video to watch regarding this issue. People don’t seem to understand that this drought is going to cause massive economic issues for the entire country.

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