California cities using more water.

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      HassleCat
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      https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/05/us/california-rural-groundwater-crisis-climate/index.html

      I don’t understand. Seems like it’s time to figure out why and step on the brakes.

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      mrdmk
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      Here are the big three during a normal year:

      Environment 50%   Agricultural  40%  Urban 10%

      Here are the big three during a wet year:

      Environment 62%   Agricultural  29%  Urban 8%

      Here are the big three during a dry year:

      Environment 28%   Agricultural  61%  Urban 11%

      At this moment, California is experiencing 7 to 9 dry years for every wet year.

       

      The Urban areas in California, in spite of population gains each year, have been cutting back on water usage. Another big water user is industrial, which is not mentioned. But that is another story.

      Here is from the CNN piece posted by the OP:

      Water has long been considered a property right in California, meaning property owners can pump as much water as they like. That has become a problem in a changing climate. During droughts, water was pumped faster from the basin than it could be replenished.

      The state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, passed in 2014, was intended to address excessive pumping — particularly from agriculture — and to balance out depleted aquifers. Nevertheless, well-drilling permits have proliferated “with little oversight,” Hinton said.

      In March, Newsom issued an executive order that strictly prohibits local agencies from granting well-drilling permits for agriculture and industry, consistent with the 2014 bill, unless they perform a comprehensive review of how the drilling would impact households around them. But Hinton says the order includes temporary measures that will only last until the drought ends. Water advocates are banking on a bill to pass through the state legislature that would permanently strengthen oversight of the permitting process

      Martínez, who worked alongside César Chávez and the farmworkers movement, is a leading voice in the effort to get that bill passed quickly, as climate change accelerates drought impacts.

      LINK–CNN, As California’s big cities fail to rein in their water use, rural communities are already tapped out

      California has been going through a number of droughts since the 1980s. Corporation like Diamond (Almonds and other nut trees), Dole (Citrus and other fruit trees), Archer Daniels Midland (Assorted crops) and others set up to have water pumped from underground whether there was drought or a wet season. This was until 2014 when a law was passed to curtail the behavior. To this day, because of lack of oversight, Corporate Agricultural does not report the amount of water it pumps from underground and refuses to entertain the idea. In the meantime, many places in the San Joaquin Valley have sunk into the ground and had to redo the plumbing because fire hydrants were 10 feet up in the air.

      Once again, CNN being the assholes they are, have to write a headline and story pitting rural communities against so-called big city people because they refuse to cut back in the water usage creating the big fucking conflict out of whole cloth. Many people in the cities every summer watch their yards turn brown, wash their cars at the $25 car wash, cut back on showers, do not flush the toilet and more just like the people in rural areas do.

      Now, some people may ask, why does environmental get so much water. Let’s start with the big one, if we let our rivers run dry along the coastline, the San Francisco Bay and other bay areas will get salt water incursion. Natural habitat would die immediately and become a fire zone. Costal crop lands will die and become a dust bowl. Because deltas would cease to exist, and the ocean will take over these areas. Anybody who says the environmentalist are attempting to protect some nonexistent fish are talking out of their ass. Oh, by the way, fish need water too!

      Here are some links actually explaining the situation rather than coming off like a cheap version of, “Days of our Lives.”

       

      Water Use in California (The Public Policy Institute of California)

      Water in California is shared across three main sectors.
      Statewide, average water use is roughly 50% environmental, 40% agricultural, and 10% urban, although the percentage of water use by sector varies dramatically across regions and between wet and dry years. Some of the water used by each of these sectors returns to rivers and groundwater basins where it can be used again.

      Environmental water provides multiple benefits.
      Environmental water use falls into four categories: water in rivers protected as “wild and scenic” under federal and state laws, water required for maintaining habitat within streams, water that supports wetlands within wildlife preserves, and water needed to maintain water quality for agricultural and urban use. Half of California’s environmental water use occurs in rivers along the state’s north coast. These waters are largely isolated from major agricultural and urban areas, and their wild and scenic status protects them from significant future development. In dry years, the share of water that goes to the environment decreases dramatically as flows diminish in rivers and streams. At the height of the 2012‒16 drought, the state also reduced water allocations for the environment to reserve some supplies for farms and cities.

      LINK–The Public Policy Institute of California, Water Use in California

      Here are more details

      LINK–California Government, Water Use in California

       

      Here is the real water problem in California, and nobody, including the almighty fuckups at CNN do not want to deal with is CLIMATE CHANGE

      It may cost them Advertising Revenue 🙁

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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