How bad is California’s drought? Before and After
i cant believe that people are willing to tolerate it
government ass kissers are always willing to tolerate the bullshit going on around them…
1) How is this the fault of government?
2) What should the citizens do about it?
3) If Bill Maher didn’t spend so much time making fun of other southern states in a drought last year, maybe he wouldn’t have jinxed all of you.
Despite large growth in demand for water, the state has not built any significant additional water storage infrastructure in several decades.
This is not the fault of government. That region is already desolate and devoid of moisture. From the beginning, southern California and parts of Nevada had to truck in water to support the migration. After all, Death Valley (the hottest place on earth) is inside the state of California. That place never had any water. So building “significant water storage infrastructure” may not be much help. The reason it’s so dry right now is because of environment, not because of the lack of government performance.
Additionally, they’ve been actively removing dams. On the other hand, it’s not entirely the state’s fault: the voters at every opportunity have opposed new dam construction.
Because of cost required, and the lack of resources worthy enough to make that investment, is poor.
Yes, this is an abnormal drought, but the emergency is entirely man-made.
Depends on how you define drought. Drought is measured in many ways. Generally it refers to the amount of moisture in the area, but how they arrive at that number depends on many variables. They could be getting a lot of rain, but because of the lack of fresh water sources, it may show severe drought, or vice-versa. Either way, the government is not the fault of the lack of existing moisture in the area, nor the lack of rain fall, nor the lack of fresh water sources, etc.
It’s like moving to a house sitting on the side of a volcano and complaining every few years because it’s smoggy, and then suggesting that “if the government just invested in fresh air supply then blah blah blah”. I just don’t buy it. I’m not, however, suggesting that government can’t help minimize the impact, but to suggest it’s the fault of government is just wrong.
And why is Death Valley so dry? Oh, right, because it is on the east side of the Sierra Nevada (which also happens to be in California).
Quick science lesson: as air rises against a mountain, it cools, and as it descends on the other side, it heats up again, otherwise known as adiabatic heating. This creates what is known as a “rain shadow" behind large mountain ranges - like the Sierra Nevada.
Given that California has a Mediterranean climate, most of its rain comes in the winter. Large amounts of precipitation fall on the western sides of the mountain range in the form of snow. This is the source of all of the rivers in California.
In normal years, there is plenty of water in California. The trick is holding on to it long enough to use it. That’s where dams come in. It’s true that in the past, dams have wreaked quite a bit of damage to wildlife habitat. However, in drought years like these, they also can preserve minimum water flows, preventing large fish kills.
But in order to do so, California needs multi-year water reserves.