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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Charlie Hamilton hasn't irrigated his vineyards with water from the Sacramento River since early May, even though it flows just yards from his crop.

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...Nearby to the south, the industrial Bay Area city of Antioch has supplied its people with water from the San Joaquin River for just 32 days this year, compared to roughly 128 days by this time in a wet year.

They may be close by, but these two rivers, central arms of California's water system, have become too salty to use in some places as the state's punishing drought drags on.

In dry winters like the one California just had, less fresh water flows down from the mountains into the Sacramento River, the state's largest. That allows saltier water from Pacific Ocean tides to push farther into the state's main water hub, known as the Delta. It helps supply water to two-thirds of the state's 39 million people and to farms that grow fruits and vegetables for the whole nation, playing a key but sometimes underappreciated role in the state's economy....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 12:03 PM | Reply

Farmers that keep electing republicans need to hear about this.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-14 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: August 11, 2022
droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Click on the map to zoom in...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 12:41 PM | Reply

Op-ed: This is not a drought. This is aridification.
www.sltrib.com

...Utah needs major changes to deal with a shortage of water that isn't going to end soon.

This is no drought and low-flow toilets and secondary water meters won't end it.

By definition, a drought is a period of abnormally dry weather that eventually ends. What Utah and much of the American West face is better termed "aridification." This is the process of a region becoming drier through decreased precipitation and/or rising temperatures.

And it refers to long-term permanent change. Changes such as diminished rain and snowfall, dying vegetation, declining reservoirs and water tables, increased forest fires and a record breaking low for the Once Great Salt Lake.

The list of water worries is long: toxic lake bed dust storms, birdlife crashes, water recreation and skiing economies threatened, wells going dry, livelihoods endangered, dead lawns, dying trees and rising temperatures....


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 05:24 PM | Reply

Lake Powell drops closer to dead pool' status amid Western megadrought
news.yahoo.com

...Water levels in Lake Powell have dropped precipitously in the past few years, moving the lake even closer to "dead pool" status.

The reservoir is at a historic low as the US West remains in the grips of a two-decade "megadrought" that is linked to the climate crisis.

The United Nations Environment Programme recently warned that Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two largest reservoirs in the country, were in danger of reaching "dead pool status". At that point, the lakes' water levels would be so low they would no longer flow downstream to power the hydroelectric power stations.

Lake Powell sits behind the Colorado River's Glen Canyon Dam on the border between Utah and Arizona. The Colorado River provides drinking water to nearly 40 million people, and irrigates over five million acres of land, according to the US Bureau of Reclamation.

In April, the reservoir dropped to just over 3,522 feet in elevation, the lowest level ever recorded and well below the lake's full capacity at 3,700ft....


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 05:26 PM | Reply

Global warming is a myth.

The Marxist climate change hoax is being propagated by the fake media.

Enjoy!

#6 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-14 11:48 PM | Reply

One of my relatives up north said the Russian river had gone dry.

Can any of you commies confirm?

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-08-15 05:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Farmers that keep electing republicans need to hear about this.
#2 | POSTED BY TOR

Wait till they hear what Trump wanted to do to crop insurance and other farmer assistance programs.

The fact is these people will vote directly against their own self-interest so long as they get a racist president.

#8 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-15 06:50 AM | Reply

One of my relatives up north said the Russian river had gone dry.
Can any of you commies confirm?

#7 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2022-08-15 05:15 AM | REPLY | FUNNY: 1
Comrade,
The Russian River still has water, but not a lot. The State Water Resources Board has temporarily curtailed water rights to ranchers and farmers who have water rights to the Russian River corridor.

#9 | Posted by Badcat at 2022-08-15 03:05 PM | Reply

#9

Spacibo, Tovarish.

#10 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-08-15 03:10 PM | Reply

cool, clear water

www.youtube.com

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-15 03:11 PM | Reply

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week announced an aggressive new plan to tackle the state's water shortage. The $8 billion strategy, detailed in a 16-page document, aims to reinforce California's dwindling water supply.

The four main goals outlined are to create storage for four million acre-feet of storm water, recycle and reuse 800,000 acre-feet of wastewater per year by 2030, employ more efficient water conservation techniques to free up 500,000 acre-feet of water, and desalinate more sea water ...

www.cbsnews.com

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-16 12:30 AM | Reply

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