Monday, February 03, 2014

California's drought problem is becoming urgent

Suddenly, California’s biggest risk may not be earthquakes, but going bone dry.  The New York Times led off the Sunday paper with a big story by Malia Wollan and Normitsu Onishi, here

Due to drought, some rural communities up north may have to have drinking water trucked in and new wells dug.

Complicating the picture is that more water has been used to grow medical marijuana.
The lack of winter rain is allowing smog to build up in Los Angeles, especially in the Valley. 
I visited the Mount Shasta and Tulelake area when on vacation in May 1978, following up an interest at the time of petroglyphs and supposed artifacts left of Lemuria.  My father had taken a lot of pictures in the area as a young man after going to school at Berkeley, before he married; I still have them.

Gov. Brown has been asking residents to cut use by 20%.
The jet stream has dipped over the Eastern part of the US, leaving the West warm and dry. The Seirra snowpack is only 12% of what it should be. What it needs now is some big blizzards west of the Continental Divide and dipping far south into northern Arizona.

The Washington Post has an editorial Monday on flood insurance (the National Flood Insurance Program), and whether it is encouraging people to build (luxury properties) in risky areas at the expense of everyone else, here. 

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